Using Pixar Shorts in Social Groups
This is a fabulous guest blog post by Lisa Erwin of My Speech Tools. “All they do in speech is play games.” Have you heard that comment before? Well, sometimes we watch movies too! Movie clips and short films are frequently used to supplement learning in the classroom, so why not in speech therapy? It makes perfect sense. This is the culture our students are immersed in. So why Pixar Short Films? First of all, they are SHORT! They typically run 3-4 minutes. They have a beginning, middle and end. They also have a conflict, are embedded with figurative language and hidden messages, and have an ending resolution. Many of them rely solely on non-verbal language. As professionals, we know that social language weaknesses impact every aspect of a student’s day. From the time he wakes up and interacts with his parents and siblings, during the day at school, when he comes home and wants to play with neighborhood children down the street, and when it’s bedtime and you’re trying to get teeth brushed and get him to bed. Social language weaknesses are an ongoing challenge for students and their families. I want to thank Shannon for this opportunity to share with (…)
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