I totally hate getting receipts, especially grocery store receipts. I don’t ever know what to do with them so I usually pitch them. But I recently realized that receipts would be perfect for speech therapy with older students and adults.
Why? Receipts help people use functional language skills. Receipts that can be used in speech therapy include:
- Grocery store receipts
- Clothing purchases
- Online shopping package slips
- Office supply receipts
- Restaurant receipts
- Coffee shop receipts
- Library check out receipts
Grocery receipts can spark discussions about food groups, recipes, favorite foods, grocery shopping, and favorite grocery stores. Depending on the clients, the discussion can be extended to budgeting and money vocabulary.
Save your back-to school clothing shopping receipts and office supply receipts and use them to discuss what clothing and school supplies you need to buy for school.
Restaurant receipts show more than what you ate: it shows dishes that you ordered and kids can learn what ingredients go into recipes, what you might order for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Online shopping package slips show household supplies that families might order online. Also many kids might not know what people order at coffee shops (and that people order more than just coffee).
Lastly, many students don’t know that libraries have more than just books (CDs, DVDs, and video games too) and also classes for kids and adults too. Reviewing what people check out at the library can spark a conversation about what happens at the library, getting a library card, and why reading is important.
I like trying new things in therapy and I hope I’ve inspired you to try receipts in speech therapy.