Being at ASHA was an awesome experience. I got to talk to a lot you ( you all rock BTW ) about speech blogs and what you liked about them. A question that I kept hearing was ” Do you write for adults? “. For the most part, no. There are a few SLP blogs that are focused on adults or the medical side of things, but most of the blogs are kid centered. However, if you do work with adults, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use these kid focused speech therapy blogs!
I used to do some part-time work doing acute care and out-patient rehab on the weekends while I worked in the schools during the week. After awhile, I realized that a lot of the language methods I was using with my students I was adapting to use with my adults. I would be teaching them the same technique or skill, just holding back all the cutesy stuff. Now with TpT, there are quite a few materials out there for middle and high schoolers that could easily be used with adults. They are fairly simple in design so adults would still feel like grown ups. Even ones that incorporate QR codes are pretty basic. I really liked things that incorporated technology because it was something that my adults were familiar with or needed help learning to use again. Even my 80 year old patients had smartphones!
Just because you work with adults doesn’t mean you can’t utilize SLP blogs. We are SLPs, we are wired to think outside of the box. Adults need to have fun in therapy too, so keep your eyes out for a post that peeks your interest. How can it be tweaked to work with your adults?