Child Speech Therapy
A list of innovative child speech therapy techniques.
Teams: Though it is essential to begin on a one-to-one basis in child speech therapy sessions, as the child starts progressing, it is important to start working in groups and teams as well. Phoneme skills and vocabulary skills are best taught and learnt in groups and when working in pairs.
Outside World: As the speech therapy sessions draw to a close, most children are well prepared to take their speech skills to the outside world. So, before they do that, it is important to assess their fluency and articulation with the help of regular students. Ask regular students to interact with the therapy students in pairs during which the regulars can correct and provide useful evidence to the speech students.
Creating Useful Material: Useful material (like flash cards, folder preparation, et.) which can be used for therapy activities can be prepared with the help of children. Children can have fun during these creative activities along with getting trained during this time.
Remind the Students: Sometimes, children need to be reminded about attending their speech therapy classes. One can make use of a telephone ring for this purpose. Instead of walking into a classroom to remind the kids about the class, one tring-tring and the children are prompted to leave for their speech session. This way they are also increasing their concentration and grasping skills.
Music: Music makes learning a language easy along with adding a lot of fun for the children. Most sounds are easy to practise while singing in rhythm. Using instruments during the session or making use of a desk for creating a rhythm or even clapping can help children motivate and enjoy the class.
Mark Self Progress: Ask the students to mark their own progress charts. This way they are given a chance to assess their progress along with recognising the areas where they need to improve.
Be the Teacher: Also, when it is time to leave the class, allow a child to act as a teacher. This would just change the pace of his/her speech activity and also there would be time to assess their speech at the same time.
The above tips are very useful for teachers to use during child speech therapy sessions.