Let me start off by saying that poop and fart jokes never get old no matter what age you are. My 3 year old students and my 26 year old students find bodily functions equally amusing (and me too). Reading and talking about these bodily functions is very engaging. When you add in realistic sound effects, you really see who has a scents of humor. Make sure you use a one-button switch so that someone can make the appropriate bodily function sounds.
Okay, so here's what we practice:
Letting others know when something is wrong. We use Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books along with low tech and high tech communication systems to practice saying, "Something's wrong. I feel sick. It's my stomach." We take turns pushing the button (farting/puking/grumbling stomach) and then saying the words that correspond.
Using manners. This one is pretty self explanatory. Oops! Excuse me. Uh oh. Sorry about that.
Commenting, Describing, and Using Interjections. This one can be fun for students to explore social comments and adjectives. Wow! Good one! That's disgusting! OMG! That's stinky. Yuk! Gross! Dude! Come on! Go away! Get out of here!
Identifying body parts. What stinks? My butt. Where does puke come from? My stomach. My mouth. What is sweaty? My armpits. What body part should we talk about next?
This activity has been memorable for several of my students. One of my older students often navigates to gross when I walk in the room. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I know he gets it. By the way, there are plenty of moments to generalize these skills in all environments. I'm sure you can imagine.
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Ryan is the owner of RK Speech and Technology LLC in Perrysburg, Ohio. He is licensed in Ohio and Michigan. Ryan has been an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2003.