Engaging kids via teletherapy isn’t always easy. This is an activity I’ve been using with some of my kiddos. I use this for inferencing, animal sounds, and expressive language goals. They LOVE the dinosaur at the end.
Remember, add pauses (longer than even the ones I use in the video) to allow the kiddo to have a chance to fill in the gap. Can’t sing or play an instrument? Don’t worry, me either. The kids just want to have fun. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Below is a video of me modeling play with Mr. Potato Head. I make a few mistakes when I’m talking and pointing (I mixed up ear and eyes), BUT I left it in the video. Why? Because it’s important for everyone to see that communication using any modality (AAC, speech, ASL) doesn’t have to be perfect. When we make mistakes it lets the user know it’s okay to make mistakes, and if we repair these goofs then we are demonstrating to them how to make repairs. This is a HUGE and hard to teach skill. Don’t be afraid to try!
So, I’ve been using articulation videos for a long time with my kiddos. I’ve recently started telling people that I’m posting them. These videos are short, with audio descriptions at the beginning of each, followed by a few minutes of just me producing the sound. I made them overly simple on purpose, and exaggerated the sound intentionally. The kids I work with have responded well to them, so I thought I’d share my YouTube page here for you all to use. I hope you find it helpful. More to come!