91: How and Why We Should Work On Main Idea In Speech

How and Why We Should Work On Main Idea In Speech



Have you ever wondered why we are working on reading comprehension or the main idea in speech?

It is something that many SLPs ask because it seems like it should be taught in the regular classroom, not in our therapy sessions.  

The truth is that the skills needed to understand the main idea and reading comprehension all fall into our domain. Teachers may work on it in the classroom, but we can teach these skills with a language lens. 

Students have to understand what they are reading, filter out the unimportant information, hold it in their memory, and verbally express what it’s all about. We can focus on breaking it down into pieces to help them grasp the concept. 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I am sharing my strategies for focusing on the main idea in speech therapy. This will help students understand this concept, and by extension, develop language skills further. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Why we work on the main idea in speech therapy
  • How reading comprehension benefits language development
  • How to evaluate your students’ needs
  • Strategies to use in your therapy sessions
  • When you should focus on this in speech therapy
  • Tools you can use to work on the main idea


We have a unique ability to look at the bigger picture for each student and understand why they might be struggling with this concept. 

I hope this episode helps you understand how to evaluate your students, when to work on the main idea, and gives you some tools and strategies to use in your own classroom!

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How and Why We Should Work On Main Idea In Speech


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Q: Why do trees try new things each year?

A: Because every autumn, they turn over a new leaf. 


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