Scrap booking can be a fun and entertaining way to elicit language or speech in all ages and abilities.
- Take/Get Pictures – Purchase a digital camera or use your cell phone. Take photos of events, people, etc. in the client’s life, or other interests of the client, while targeting language/speech goals. If taking pictures is too difficult, ask the client to bring photographs from home. If all else fails, cut pictures from magazines.
- Lay Out the Design – Assist in determining the layout of each page. Make a scavenger hunt out of finding related things to go on the pages with the pictures. Giving reasons for choosing certain photographs, what specific things they liked or didn’t like about the pages they created can lead to more language. Arrange the pages differently.
- Write Captions – Photographs can be categorized to help create a theme for each page by asking who, what, when, where, why, and how of each picture. Also work on prepositions when developing captions to go underneath, above, around, or on the sides of each photograph. As with any scrap booking task, the pages are not just limited to photographs. Have the student add their personal design using construction paper, drawings, stickers, buttons, pieces of fabric, color, ticket stubs, or anything else they would like.
- Open the Discussion – Go deeper into language by discussing point-of-view, color, texture, shape, or mood.
Variations: Scrap booking can be utilized to sequence events or pictures can be mixed-matched to retell new stories. Provide interesting images and have the student try to guess what is happening or predict could happen if something in the photo was altered.