Fun Resource for Therapy Ideas: Pinterest

Pinterest

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Social media sites are a dime a dozen these days, and there are only so many hours in a day, so keeping up with them all is impossible. But in terms of therapy ideas and just plain fun, Pinterest may be worth checking out. Never heard of Pinterest? You’re not alone–while it’s been around since 2010, the site is still in beta mode, requiring an invite to set up an account. However, you don’t need to set up an account or a profile to enjoy Pinterest–you can simply go to the site, type in a search term in the search box in the upper left-hand corner of the page, and you’ll be able to see and click through to any results that come up.

But sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself–what exactly IS Pinterest? According to Pinterest’s “about” page:

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

That’s great, you may be thinking, but what does this have to do with CSD professionals? At first glance, nothing. But it just so happens that SLPs and other therapists and educators are “pinning” therapy ideas by the hundreds, making Pinterest an invaluable resource for therapy ideas and inspiration. If you go to Pinterest and search “SLP” or “fine motor” or “audiology” or any term you might be interested in, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Pediastaff has pinned an incredible number of therapy ideas grouped by topic, and features a “pin of the week” of the most popular therapy pins.

Want to start exploring Pinterest and need an invite? Leave a comment and I’ll send you one. Already on Pinterest and want to share your boards with ASHAsphere readers? Leave a comment with your Pinterest url (e.g. “http://pinterest.com/ashaweb“) so ASHAsphere readers can find and follow you. ASHA is just starting with Pinterest so we haven’t really started using it yet; however, we have set up an ASHAsphere board, starting with December’s posts, and plan to update it with new posts going forward.

Comments

  1. Amy Simon-Weiner says

    I love reading ASHAsphere for just this reason–a place to connect and get great ideas. Thanks!

  2. Amy Baker says

    Thanks for this! Didn’t realize SLPs were using it for therapy ideas – would love to check them out. Please send me an invite.
    Thanks so much!
    Amy

  3. Diane Cartier says

    I would like an invite to pinterest so that I can explore it. Thanks. I am an SLP for California. Would love some fresh and fun ideas for therapy. Thanks!

  4. Tracey Z says

    I’ve been exploring pinterest and have had a blast. Thanks for the idea of looking for tx ideas. I’d love an invite! Thanks

  5. says

    Hi! I am the web content editor at the Ida Institute, a non-profit in Denmark creating and sharing tools for audiologist. This Pinterest website sounds really interesting, especially as a tool for hearing care professionals to share their insights and experiences. Could you please send me an invitation? Thanks! – Tim

  6. Jackie says

    I’ve heard about this craze, but not sure what it was. Thanks for explanation. Would love to check it out. Please send me an invite! Thanks

  7. Michele says

    I had never thought of looking at Pinterest for therapy ideas but what a valuable tool!

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