TED Talks Tuesday: Go Ahead, Make Up New Words!

TED Talks Tuesday: Go Ahead, Make Up New Words!

Welcome to Week 4 of TED Talks Tuesday! Today’s feature is actually from TEDYouth, so it is appropriate to use for middle school age and up.

Plan to find me here for 8 weeks so ya’ll can stock up on a variety of TED Talks + therapy and documentation ideas. If you’re new to TED talks or want some new ideas for how to use them in therapy, read on!

Today’s Feature: Go Ahead, Make Up New Words! By Erin McKean

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Video Length: 6:52

For YOU:  I created a Sample Outline + Comprehension Questions that may help you in therapy, depending on your goals!

Here you go: Go Ahead Make Up New Words


Therapy Task Ideas: I love TED Talks because they are interesting, relevant topics created for adults, so it never seems school-ish or childish to use with adults in therapy. 

If you like these ideas, be sure to check out my Home Sweet Home Series. Here are some ways I have incorporated TED Talks into therapy:

To Target Strategies or Skills in This Area: The Patient Could Do This:
Verbal Expression *Generate more example words in each of 6 categories (or create a new word!)

*Summarize 6 ways to create new words

*Use word-finding strategies to retell story to family member.

Written Expression *Write 6 main points to summarize the information.

*Create an outline to practice written organizational strategies.

*Write a summary or evaluation of the topic/speaker .

*Write a persuasive essay or position statement in response to the topic.

Auditory Comprehension *Challenge comprehension across lengthier tasks (up to 18 min.). Use my outline to help ask comprehension questions.

*Practice using strategies such as note-taking to enhance comprehension.

Reading Comprehension (Nope).
Motor Speech *Challenge ability to carry-over motor speech strategy or skill while summarizing or giving a presentation about the topic.
Attention *Sustain attention for listening up to 18 min.

*Alternate / divide attention for note-taking during Talk.

Memory *Short-term recall for Talk info (immediate or delayed up to 1 week).
Thought Organization *Organize an outline of the main points and supporting ideas during the Talk.
Problem-Solving / Reasoning *Choose to use the right strategy, at the right time.

*Divergent problem-solving: Create a list of 3-4 examples in each category

Executive Function *Evaluate strategy success during task or planning how to adapt strategies for new situation.
Pragmatics *Use appropriate social language for a verbal task (Practice adjusting to situation: peers vs professional).

*Use appropriate eye contact, facial expression, gestures for presentation.

If you missed Weeks 1-3, check them out here:

The Great Penguin Rescue

3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Dance vs. Powerpoint

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