I Brought My Monkeys to Speech Today

I brought monkeys to speech therapy today. Five of them to be exact. It was “character day” at work, and I decided to be the doctor….you know, the one who Mama calls when her little monkeys fall off the bed and bump their heads. I wore scrubs and broke out my son’s Sesame Street doctor kit. I made a little headlamp and stuck a phone half in/half out of my pocket so I could occasionally answer the phone and yell “NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!” I looked doctor monkeyfairly ridiculous, but oh the fun we had.

I only saw a few of my kids today because I have a chunk of Friday devoted to paperwork (yuck!) and I had a meeting. I debated getting out of costume for the meeting, but ended up going in. I work with very young children, and I’m very enthusiastic about what I do. I don’t mind if people know that. I did manage to refrain from yelling into my phone about monkeys.

After the meeting, I went into one of my classrooms. The kids were so funny and so inquisitive.¬†They came up to me and gently tried to explore all of the wonders that were hanging all over me. I had some target vocabulary that I wanted to share with them, so I narrated what targets I wanted them to say. Sometimes they repeated, sometimes they asked for a toy, and one even picked up my phone and yelled “No monkeys jumping bed!” which was a pretty big string of words for that particular little guy.

Fun day. Once the fun wore off, we sat down together and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using a naturally aided language selection (NALS) board that I put together for just such an occasion. More on NALS in a coming post.

I wrote a little bit more yesterday about why I’m willing to be ridiculous at work in order to reach the children I work with here. If you missed it, you can find it here.


Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey

Rose Godfrey is a speech pathologist, writer, world traveler, and mom of 12.She earned her Masters Degree from California State University, Chico. Rose is licensed as a speech pathologist in several states and she holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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