I have been lucky enough to work as an SLP with older elementary age (grades 5 and 6) students for many years now. Much of the work I have done with speechtimefun.com was developed while working with these amazing older students.
In this episode that is a part of the 2nd Annual SLP Connect Podconference, we chat about older speech students, unique challenges that they face, and strategies you can use to work with them in the classroom and virtually.
We also discuss the importance of working on vocabulary with your older students. A research study by Wright et al in 2017 showed that targeting vocabulary in secondary-aged children with vocabulary difficulties could potentially help their access to the curriculum and, hence, their future academic attainment, employment prospects, and mental health.
After completing this Podconference, participants will be able to:
- Describe factors to consider when working with older speech students
- Describe ways to keep older students motivated via distance learning
- Identify at least three evidence-based strategies for working with older speech students
- List tools and resources available for working with older students virtually
In This Episode, You’ll Also Discover:
- Ways to help older students with “embarrassment” about speech
- How SLPs are different than a reading teacher
- Strategies that SLPs can use to adapt from in-class to virtual sessions
- Teaching vocabulary through a tiered model
- Why it’s important to use visual aids even with distance/virtual learning
The more you can get your older students to “buy-in” to speech sessions with you by finding what motivates them, the easier it will be to work with them. I hope you enjoy this episode and are excited to dive in with your older speech students.
Remember, if you would like to earn CEUs from listening to this “pod-course” episode, you must go to the SLP Connect website linked below to pay the administration fee before October 7th, 2020 at 8 pm EST.
Where We Can Connect:
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