It’s Week 3 of YouTube Treasures for speech therapy!

If you are just tuning in, this is an 8-week series so you have a fresh treasure trove of YouTube videos, with person-centered treatment ideas for speech therapy.  If you’re new to YouTube or want some new ideas for how to use these videos in therapy, read on!


Have you ever used a YouTube video during your speech therapy session, or as a home program assignment? Here are a few reasons why I like using YouTube videos as a therapy tool:

*They are interesting and relevant, which promotes therapy engagement.

*They give information in real-life speed (they aren’t over-simplified). This means that skills or strategies practiced with a YouTube video could likely be used in real life as well.

*You can adjust the complexity by choosing different lengths of information.

* Best of all, there are a million (plus!) topic options, so it’s easy to use something personally-relevant for the unique communication needs of a patient.

YouTube Treasure: Sports News

Worksheets don’t always fit the bill for targeting cognitive-communication skills for a person-centered goal. Today I’m sharing an example of how to use an interest–such as sports–to target a variety of language or cognitive skills that may translate directly into someone’s communication or thinking needs. The Home Sweet Home Series and Back To Work Series contain many examples as well!

Patient Scenario: A 70-year-old patient is status post a heart attack, with hypoxic brain injury. During testing, he demonstrates mild word-finding and attention challenges. During testing he says, “I was never good at school, I don’t like these worksheets. I just want to go home and watch ESPN.”

[youtube] Video Length: 4:07

Therapy Option: For this unique situation, I would use use YouTube’s Sports News section and pick a short current video, such as the 4-minute video above. We would use this to practice and apply word-finding strategies, so that patient could resume his favorite activity of watching sports and talking about it with his friends. We may practice this for a session or a few, and then I would assign him to be prepared to tell me about a sporting event or sports news clip he watched on his own for the following session. I would look at his independence with using the strategies we practiced.

Therapy Ideas: If you like these ideas, be sure to check out my Shop. Here are some ways you may be able to incorporate a personally-relevant YouTube Video into speech therapy:

To Target Strategies or Skills in This Area: The Patient Could Do This:
Verbal Expression *Initiate 3 sentences for sports topic conversation, using Script Training.

*Use word-finding strategies to express a viewpoint

*Name 6 specific team names or players that are personally relevant for a patient’s conversational needs

Written Expression *Write 4 main points to summarize or re-tell the information in the video.

*Write/text 6 specific team names or players that are personally relevant for a patient’s conversational needs, using CART if needed

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

Auditory Comprehension *Demonstrate comprehension across listening tasks for *** minutes, with 90% acc for open-ended 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 sharing a story to a known or unknown listener.
Attention *Sustain attention for listening tasks of *** minutes.

*Alternate / divide attention for a motor task (such as sorting) while also listening to new information, with 90% acc on each task.

Memory *Short-term recall for +5/5 main points of story after a 10-minute delay.

*Prospective memory: Watch a sports event or news clip and come prepared to summarize it in speech therapy

Thought Organization *Organize 3 supporting facts for each side of the debate
Problem-Solving / Reasoning *List debate topic

*Summarize viewpoints and explain rationale for your own view point.

*List 2 positive outcomes and 2 negative outcomes based on a certain choice

Executive Function *Evaluate strategy success during task or plan how to adapt strategies for new situation.
Pragmatics *Use appropriate social language for a verbal task (Practice adjusting to situation: asking spouse a question vs calling the doctor).

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

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