Wordless videos and animated shorts are great for eliciting speech, language, and communication. They are entertaining for individuals of all ages, and are great activities for both speech therapy sessions and at home.
It is no secret that we love using wordless videos...we only have three posts about them already. Because we use them so much in our sessions, we thought we would share some more of our favorites and how we use them.
Wordless videos are great for virtual learning and therapy sessions. Though many individuals are returning to in-person care, teletherapy is around to stay. Wordless videos can also be used when some individuals are attending sessions in person and some are virtual. They are also great for carryover assignments; you can make a worksheet and provide the link to the video for individuals to complete in between therapy sessions.
Wordless videos are also useful when targeting multiple goals in a group session. In one session, they can be used to target articulation, expressive language, and pragmatic language skills. This may be for one individual with two or more goals or within a group. For example, one individual can work on generalizing the /r/ sound in conversation, another individual can describe what they are watching, and another individual can make an on-topic comment about the video.
We have written about including the whole family in speech therapy activities - wordless videos can be used at home as much as during speech therapy sessions. Because they are entertaining for all individuals and all skill levels they can encourage language growth for all. One sibling may label things they see in the video while the other makes predictions about what will happen next.
Wordless videos are a great way to incorporate screen time, which is usually a motivator for young and old alike. They are entertaining, yet brief, so it doesn’t mean individuals will be sitting in front of a monitor or tablet all day.
The following are more of our favorite wordless videos. Some of them have slightly more mature topics, so we advise you to watch them first before using them in a session or at home!