Escape the Speech Room

Sunday, April 23, 2017


I was recently invited to participate in a career fair at my son's elementary school. I was excited to participate and share my passion for speech-language pathology with them! I did not learn what speech-language pathology was until I was in college (gasp!) but am so thankful that I was blessed to be housed in the dorms across from a SLP major. Watching her creatively develop materials for her client in her clinical inspired me to take an introductory course to check out what speech-language pathology was all about. The rest is history!

In speaking with my son, one suggestion that he had was for the presentation to be interactive and engaging. I couldn't agree more so I decided to create an "Escape the Speech Room" activity that would introduce the students to various aspects of communication with missions in Articulation, Language, Fluency, Voice and PragmaticsThe students had a blast and they learned a bunch along the way! 


Knowing that the students would likely be listening to various presentations throughout the day, I wanted to give them the opportunity to get up and move while learning in the process.



Escape the Speech Room was broken up into 5 “missions” which were broken up into centers. Each of the 5 Missions reflected on an area within our scope of practice: Articulation, Language, Voice, Fluency, and Pragmatics.



Each mission contained a Debriefing Sheet with information about that particular area. It also included a list of materials that they needed as well as a description of their mission. Each mission uncovered a key to the help unlock the individual padlocks on the box. Once the groups solved their missions, they came together to learn about some of our work settings and decode the final clue. The individual padlocks all contained a card with a setting an SLP may work in. The students used those cards to collectively determine what the passcode to the final word lock was.


When the students completed their challenge, they filled out a Reflections sheet to show what they learned and share it with the other students. This allowed students to learn about the different centers or areas of speech-language pathology by reading their fellow classmates' reflections.


Does this sound like something that you would be interested in using in YOUR setting? Let me know what you think! {Update: If you missed the copy sent out in my newsletter, don't fret! Per your requests, I included it here in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Sign up for my newsletter if you would like to have first dibs and try out some new products for free.}


8 comments

  1. PLEEAASSE make it available or sell.on TPT. My school has a career day coming up May 19th and I would love to copy your idea. Yep, I went there, I said COPY!

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    1. Hi Gwen! You are not copying at all but being resourceful! :) If there had been something out there already, you bet I would have saved myself the many, many hours spent creating it and did the same thing! It is now posted in my TpT store here: http://bit.ly/escapethespeechroom

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  2. PLEEAASSE make it available or sell.on TPT. My school has a career day coming up May 19th and I would love to copy your idea. Yep, I went there, I said COPY!

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  3. Hello! I just signed up for your newsletter and am hoping I did not miss your email about your escape room! I would LOVE to do this activity for BSHM!

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  4. Is this available in your TPT store?? This is amazing!!!!

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    1. Thank you for your suggestion! :) I just added it in response to all of the requests. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/escapethespeechroom

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