|About the presenter: Nina Reeves, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Presently, she serves several school districts near Dallas, Texas and is employed as a fluency specialist for Frisco ISD. Nina also specializes in providing stuttering therapy services to children and adolescents who stutter in her private practice. She presents interactive workshops for speech-language pathologists, early childhood educators, elementary and secondary educators, and parents at the local, state, national and international levels. She is also the co-author of the Linguisystem's publication, The Source for Stuttering; Ages 7-18, among other titles.|
There are many ways to make therapy fun, flexible, and effective. Recently, my students and I have been having fun playing Speech Tool Bingo. The internet has many sites for designing your own game boards; including Bingo cards. I found an easy template on http://www.print-bingo.com and entered speech and stuttering techniques along with communication skills and several "fun fact" spaces that allow for great practice and creative discussions during therapy sessions.
It is important to note that each student practices the specific technique at his or her individual level. For example, Lisa may be using easy onsets at the conversational level, but Jeremy my only be at the phrase level. Therefore, the clinician must be prepared with a variety of stimulus items for a variety of skill levels. Each clinician must PLAY the game, as well. As my students remind me, "No fair being the 'caller' all the time!"
This game is best for students who have been introduced to a variety of speech handling techniques. However, there are many students who do not yet know all of the techniques. Therefore, when playing with groups, I allow the "I haven't learned that yet" squares to either be "FREE spaces" or "Your Choice" spaces.