Communication & TECHNOLOGY

5 Nov

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As we all know, the way we communicate with each other is constantly changing.  Technology is an ever-growing presence in our lives.   There is an awesome blog called GeekSLP blog all about technology for Speech and Language Therapists.  I highly recommend checking it out by clicking here. There are so many apps for iphones and computers now with amazing and enriching language activities for kids.

I use technology in Speech and Language therapy sessions for several reasons:

  • Many of the traditional games and Speech/ Language therapy activities are now offered in online formats.  Kids love the computer and benefit from the visual and interactive approach to teaching communication skills.
  • As a therapist I can easily differentiate my lessons for different learning styles and easily manipulate the level of difficulty.
  • With the help of the computer and technology, moving towards evidenced-based practice is much easier.  We must provide data to support the work we do in therapy and with the computer I can easily track a student’s progress over time, and see data for student responses in organized tables that help to easily sort out strengths and weaknesses in certain areas.
  • There are more opportunities for students to practice a skill, and build on previous skills in a sequential, organized way that is easy to plan and track.
  • Much of today’s communication is happening online and through computers.  Using technology helps our students gain access to all avenues of communication.

Communication is dynamic and interactive.  The activities I have been using are most effective when they are facilitated by the therapist to maximize generalization of Speech & Language goals and to ensure students are making proper connections to classroom curriculum.  If you’d like to take a look at some of the software I’ve been using with students, here are a few of my favorites:

No-Glamour Sequencing:

This is a sequencing program that I use with my first and second graders.  Together we put 3 and 4 step activities in order and use targeted vocabulary to describe each step and tell a story.  In the classroom, first and second grade students are learning how to sequence their own stories, with a focus on First, Next, Then, Finally as prompts to help them organize the events.

Hear Builder Phonological Awareness:

Kids with language and processing disorders often have difficulty with a number of pre-literacy skills such as segmenting, blending, and manipulating sounds,  segmenting sentences and syllables and rhyming.  This is a software program that I can customize for each of my students.  And- it’s fun, so students are motivated to work on these critical, fundamental skills, which can sometimes be difficult and boring for students.  As you move through different listening and sound segmenting activities, you earn players for your rock band.

Imagine Speech WH-Question Quest:

Another customizable program for students who struggle with answer different question types.  In order for students to access the classroom curriculum, one fundamental thing they need to be able to do is understand question types and what exactly is being asked of them.  Many of my students have difficulty distinguishing between questions that begin with Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

I will also be adding more free internet based Speech and Language activities to the link list on the right of my blog.  Keep checking back to find activities to use with your kids at home!  In the meantime, I definitely recommend poking around the GeekSLP blog. By the way, SLP stands for Speech Language Pathologist 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend!

 


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  1. PS20 Wins a Speech & Language Technology Grant! « PS 20 Speech & Language - December 18, 2010

    […] In a previous  entry, I touched upon some of the ways I have already been utilizing technology as a… This grant will allow me to take the next step in utilizing and accessing the wealth of resources available for intervention and help me to be a lot more efficient at managing our caseload. […]

  2. PS20 Wins Speech & Language Technology Grant! « PS 20 Speech & Language - December 18, 2010

    […] In a previous  entry, I touched upon some of the ways I have already been utilizing technology as a… This grant will allow me to take the next step in utilizing and accessing the wealth of resources available for intervention and help me to be a lot more efficient at managing our caseload. […]

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