Using Videos to Develop Speech and Language Skills
Try making a video! Cameras are everywhere, including smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices. Kids can create videos to address their articulation, fluency, voice, and language goals.
Ways to Incorporate Videos into Speech Therapy:
- Write and produce a play! Make sure the dialogue includes words that contain your child’s targeted sound(s). Children will love to watch themselves on screen!
- Film your child practicing their targeted sounds at the word, phrase, sentence, or conversational level. They may read from decks of articulation cards, stories, or textbooks. Review the video with him/her, and provide feedback regarding his or her productions (e.g.,”You did a good job putting your tongue between your teeth to make the /th/ sound”).
- If your child is able, let him/her take data! Allow them to review his or her video recording and take data on his or her own productions. The parent and child should record data, marking whether each production of the sound was correct or incorrect. The parent can then compare the two data sets, and discuss any differences in data. Save and review previously recorded speech samples with your child. It can be rewarding for your kids to see and hear their own progress over time.
- Help your child create a video that informs his or her classmates/siblings/friends about stuttering. Topics could include types of dysfluency, myths regarding stuttering, or famous people who stutter.
- Create a video of your child engaging in a conversation. Review the video with him/her, and discuss the types and frequency of his/her dysfluency.
- Children can create videos to educate their classmates/siblings/friends about good vocal hygiene.
- Make a video of yourchild producing connected speech (e.g., conversing with classmate or retelling a story). Review the video with your child and discuss whether or not he/she used appropriate pitch and volume.
- Create videos to model good social skills, such as maintaining eye contact, staying on topic, and taking turns in conversation. Children may also make a video to demonstrate appropriate paralinguistic features, such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and volume.
- If your child is struggling with a particular social situation, record and review a video of your child role-playing that situation.
- Using a graphic organizer, allow children to develop a narrative (including setting, character, problem, events, solution, and closing). Create a video of your child retelling/acting out the narrative. Review the video, discussing all of the story elements.
There are many fun ways for parents to practice Speech Therapy at home!
Speech-language Pathologist, Christine Wilson, requires her patients to practice home programming, on top of attending speech therapy sessions weekly. We see the most progress in the patient’s who come to speech therapy at least twice a week and those who practice home programming. A home program does not need to be a major time commitment on the parents part, but it IS important. Try to practice with your child for 15 to 30 minutes a day. Even five or ten minutes every day will benefit your child. We work as a team at Christine Wilson’s Speech Clinic! Practicing language skills at home will bring your child closer to their speech goal/s!