SLP Corner: Season’s Treating: Using Winter Holiday Traditions in Intervention
[Source: Activity Tailor]
The holidays can bring complications for SLPs. Particularly in a professional setting, they may find it challenging to navigate the religious components of the season, the variety of holidays observed and the diverse ways of observing the same holiday, and to respect that some people do not observe a specific tradition during this time of year. However, the high-interest, high-context (and omnipresent) nature of the holidays makes them difficult to resist as the topic of intervention for kids. I want to share some ideas for addressing the season with clients from different cultural backgrounds, including some telepractice-friendly resources.
First, SLPs should find out how their school or employer handles the season. To avoid issues altogether, some schools and facilities take a “hands-off” policy when it comes to any non-government holidays. Others may stipulate that faculty or staff approach holidays in a general way. Learn your employer’s policy before planning any holiday-themed intervention or activities.
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