You wouldn’t really call me a captain of Pindustry, or one of the Pindustrialists of the Pindustrial Revolution, and I wouldn’t be considered a source of Pinspiration. I would like to think of my self as a unique Pindivudal. Okay I’ll stop I’ll stop I promise, hmm maybe just one more? I am not a source of Pindigestion. If you’re not on Pinterest yet you really should be considering it has opened it’s doors to everyone. So it’s pretty much Pinevitable that you’ll be pinning soon.
I am not a hardcore Pinner by any means as Pinterest is really geared more toward women. Case in point, here is a picture of what I see when I log into Pinterest. I know very manly. It’s because I only follow women!
What I have found Pinterest useful for is somewhat different from how I see other SLPs utilizing it. For the most part Pinterest is used for collecting all your ideas,pictures, inspirations, etc… on your favorite topic and creating a virtual bulletin board of sorts. So it works well for all those crafty SLPs always wanting to create the next cool activity or just keep your cool ideas in one place. Which is totally fine if you have the time allotted to make these activities or have insomnia and have some extra time in your day . Here is an example of what I have found a typical SLP board looks like. You can see the pins are made up of: links to blogs, links to activities, links to checklists, examples of games etc…
I have started to use Pinterest a bit differently. I am using it as a giant bulletin board for ‘flash cards’. I have been experimenting with creating phoneme boards as well as a figurative language board. Here is a link and an example of my Idioms and Figurative Language Board:
Once the board is created I then use a free app called Bazaart. Using this app you are able to make some pretty cool mash-ups (Bazaart calls them “restylings” ). What is really neat about Bazaart is that you can select anyone’s profile and do a ‘restyling’ of their pins. Simply type in their Pinterest user name and it brings up all of their boards. Here are a couple of examples of boards I made using Bazaart.
What’s even cooler than your basic sound board mash-ups are boards where you can create your own visual scene! What I recommend for you to do if you do want to make your own visual scenes, is to go to images.google.com and search for pictures with white backgrounds. The white backgrounds will make it much easier to crop the background out and place into your scene. You can use these scenes for articulation, fluency, expressive language, written expression, and the list goes on. Here is a basic example of a visual scene I created using Bazaart. I have titled it ” A Bad Day in the Neighborhood”.
If you are ambitious you can then take your visual scene and use it with another free app calledWriteYourCap, which allows you to write a caption and overlay it over your scene. You can also use this with some of the pins on my Idioms and Figurative Language Board.
I hope you have found this a Pinteresting post and if you have any questions always feel free to e-mail me or make a comment.
(This post originally appeared on The Speech Guy)
Jeremy Legaspi, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Foundations Developmental House. He concentrates on autism, AAC, apraxia, articulation,phonlogy, and some feeding. You can follow him on twitter @azspeechguy and check him out on azspeechguy.wordpress.com andwww.therapyapp411.com