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Archive for June, 2011

Gamifying Speech Pathology – Achievements Unlocked?

Today there will be no objective. Sadly, I’m out, and the end of the school year has led to lots of paperwork and little time to amuse myself and others to refresh. I’m hoping to think of more starting with Friday, but until then, I have an interesting question to pose to the community.

Next year, I plan to revamp rewards in my speech sessions. I’ve seen paper chains, sticker charts, and other cute ways of tracking points, but what I’m looking for are interesting ways to earn points and interesting ways to spend points, almost adding a token economy to the rewards tracking system and gamification already inherent in a sticker chart. Basically, I want getting rewards in speech class to feel like XBox Live achievements.

I’m going to post a sample of each an activity to earn points and a way to spend points. If you can think of ideas and post them in the comments, that’d be great. I’ll post what I end up coming up with in a future blog post.

Sample Achievement: 90% accurate with a middle-of-word sound in one session – 5 points.
Sample Reward: Spend 50 points: Choose end-of-session game for the day (I tend to reward my language groups with a 5-minute “fun” activity at the end of each session).

Other ideas in the comments would be more than welcome.

-John

Obfuscated Objective for 6/13/2011

Today’s Obfuscated Objective is a speech objective courtesy of my lovely and talented wife.

What you write: “Client will use socially appropriate word choice and vocal tone in polite conversation.”

What you wanted to write: “Client will stop being a jackass to clinicians and his family.”

-John

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Obfuscated Objective for 6/10/2011

Today’s Obfuscated Objective is a speech objective.

What you write: “Student will refer to professionals and other adults in the building by their appropriate names and titles.”

What you wanted to write: “Student will stop calling me ‘hey white man’.”

-John

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Obfuscated Objective for 6/8/2011

Today’s Obfuscated Objective is a speech pathology objective that all service providers can sympathize with.

What you write: “Client will demonstrate effective time awareness and management by maintaining a daily and weekly schedule.”

What you wanted to write: “Client will stop being a no call no show for appointments.”

-John

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Obfuscated Objective for 6/6/2011

Today’s Obfuscated Objective is a social work/psych objective, inspired by a comment made by @SLPTanya on Twitter.

What you write: “Student will refrain from use of modern methods of simultaneously generating light and heat at inappropriate times.”

What you wanted to write: “Student will stop trying to set the school on fire.”

-John

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Obfuscated Objective for 6/3/2011

Today’s Obfuscated Objective is a speech pathology/occupational therapy objective.

What you write: “Client will improve knowledge of deficits in kinesthetic awareness in order to reduce accidental self-injury secondary to left-sided neglect.”

What you wanted to write: “Client will stop walking into walls while denying that he walks into walls.”

-John

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Off-Topic (Political): 1,210,790,000 Reasons I Don’t Care About Anthony Weiner’s Wiener

Note to folks hoping to see a funny or clever obfuscated objective: There will be one tomorrow. I hope to use this blog also for personal reflections (and it’ll be tagged appropriately); today, my personal reflection is about American politics.

Top one billion, two hundred ten million, seven hundred ninety thousand reasons I don’t care about Representative Weiner’s wiener (in no particular order):
1. As of 2008, 90,000 women report being the victim of rape each year in the United States alone. That doesn’t count unreported cases. (source: CBS News)
2. 1,670,000 children in the United States alone live in households that have difficulty putting food on the table. (source: Bread for the World Institute)
3. 50,700,000 people in the United States do not have health insurance. That is both an increase in whole number (up from 46,300,000 million) and percentage (15.4 percent to 16.7 percent). (source: U.S. Census Bureau)
4. 43,300,000 people across the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and nations of origin. (source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
5. 1,100,000,000 people (that is one-sixth of the world population, folks) lack access to fresh drinking water. (source: World Water Council)

I’m not saying that whoever was responsible for that picture showing up on that Twitter account didn’t do something reprehensible, or that the victims (the unassuming young woman who received the picture and the congressman if his account was indeed hacked) haven’t had a pretty rough time of it. I’m also not saying that we need to drop everything and all dedicate our entire lives and purpose to try to fix the world’s problems; while that would be awesome, I’d be incredibly hypocritical, because I’m not doing that either (and I don’t possess the grace to do so at this point in my life). I’m saying that it’s shameful that in a world where the listed things are happening, we’re supporting media companies that are choosing to put a political figure’s penis at a higher priority than real issues that our government does have the ability to influence, and our media and government are responding in kind to that feedback.

Weiner is right – his scandal is a distraction. But the problem isn’t that it’s a distraction for him. The problem is that it’s a distraction for us. Every minute that we spend focusing on these events (to be fair, including the time I’ve spent writing this post) is a minute that we lose sight of and ignore those who genuinely need our help and attention. And those people who are hurt by our distraction have nothing to do with who posted a picture of what on Twitter (heck, most of them don’t even know what Twitter is), and it’s absolutely unfair to those suffering human beings for us to put our focus on a politician’s junk.

Thanks for listening to the rant. I will return to the funny tomorrow.
-John