Do you have any clients who are obsessed with superhero movies? A few years ago I talked about my love of Star Wars-and how you can speak Star Wars in you speech room. Today I’m going to get you up to speed on super heroes. My favorite super hero has always been Wonder Woman. I remember walking through a drug store as a child and finding a box with my Wonder Woman costume in it. Does anyone else remember the old plastic masks and plastic apron costumes or am I the oldest one here?
Who are all these super heroes?
I’m going to split the superheroes up into three different camps:
Marvel Heroes: Marvel Heroes include the Avengers, Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and seems to come out with new heroes every few years. Most of the marvel movies and tv shows intertwine. Here is a geeky tip: Stan Lee is a comic book writer. He also makes a cameo in about every Marvel movie. Ask your superfans in therapy about that-you can bond over your shared geekiness.
DC Heroes: DC heroes consists of more familiar super heroes: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the members of the justice league.
X men: The basic concept is that some humans are born with mutations which give them super hero powers. Some people know about their powers and some don’t. Professor X finds and helps train these mutants to fight for good. Magneto is the “enemy” who believes that the mutants should take over the world. Learn more and get caught up on the stories at This is Berry’s website.
Speech therapy Super Hero Activities
I love these snowflakes from artist Sonia Harris. She has four different sets. You print, fold and cut out to create your own Super hero themed snowflakes. I like to use this activity for following directions OR for a reinforcer, we work on a certain number of trials and then they can cut out part of their snowflake.
What is Peter Parker’s job? He’s a web designer.
What is Thor’s favorite food? Thor-tillas (haha..)
Using humor is my favorite activity for teaching multiple meaning words and flexibility. Asking students to explain why the joke is funny strengthens their metalinguistic skills. Check out these jokes:
Disney has some really cute FREE paper crafts that you can print. The Thor hammer and hat would be really fun to make in therapy and target following directions.
I love using mad libs to work on vocabulary OR articulation. I found these fun themed Mad libs products. Check out my affiliate link and pick up these Marvel or DC themed superhero mad lib books for under 5.00 per book. Affiliate links provide a small amount of compensation to the blogger for providing the link. I like to share where I get products-so I might as well make a few cents while I do it.
Articulation drill seems more fun when you are talking about special interests. I created this list of Super Hero and Villain vocabulary sorted by sounds to use in therapy. I used DC/X-men and Avengers heroes/villains and planets/locations in this list. Here’s a hint-even if you don’t “know” who the character is-you score a lot of points by asking your “superfan” to explain who the character is-or what movie/comic they are from. Asking open ended questions about the characters can also be a great method for targeting carryover of skills. (Ex. Is Scarecrow the best Batman villain? Explain.). You can pick your copy up for FREE here.
I’d love to know if you find these SLP’s guides helpful. What other guides would you like to see? Leave a comment below.