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Ever wish that you could send home a pocket-sized SLP with your students to demonstrate how to facilitate the target sound you’ve been practicing in your speech room or with RTI students that you’ve implemented a “home program” for practice? Now you can!
Simply cut out these easy to print QR codes and staple them to the awesome practice sheets you already send home or RTI home practice packets, and a fully licensed Speech Language Pathologist literally travels home with your students! These little cut-outs are also budget friendly only requiring regular printer paper and black ink. You can use highlighter markers on the cut-outs to draw attention if you desire. There are 8 identical QR codes for initial /t/ included on one page for printing.
I am a Speech Language Pathologist that has been practicing speech therapy with the pediatric population for 12 years in the public school setting and private clinic setting. I created these short bite videos to enhance and promote follow through with home practice.
Parents are very thankful when they can scan and pull up the quick videos because they either forgot how you showed them or don’t feel comfortable doing the hand cues! (If you don’t use some form of hand cues in your phonological processing or apraxia therapy sessions then you and your students are lacking a valuable method that magically helps kids produce sounds!) The hand cues I use are a “conglomeration” of cues I picked up from different resources and maybe some I made up myself many years ago (mainly Easy Does It for Articulation by Linguisystem and Nancy Kauffman’s Apraxia Workout book).
Even if the child just imitates the small segment I demonstrate in the video, generalization of producing that sound or technique correctly outside of speech therapy has occurred which is huge! I purposely made the videos very brief (approx 30 seconds) so as not to lose the audience with a long explanation or lots of words to practice. The content is short and sweet and extremely easy to imitate.
I love Hodson’s Cycles Approach for addressing phonological processing and these “take-home videos” take it to a whole other level! In reality, it’s wishful thinking to expect a 4 year old to demonstrate to their parents when they get home how they practiced something in speech that day!
The QR codes can be used in classrooms where students are in RTI and a video demo would be helpful for the child (and the teacher) to watch before practicing in the classroom.
The codes can be used in your speech therapy room if you do stations. Have students scan the code for their sound with an iPad and practice with a helpful model while you are working with another student.
Some students are more willing to watch a screen than look at your face! For those students have them scan the QR code and watch the screen to get their model and then you can reinforce it the remainder of the session.
I hope you find these video demos as helpful as I have to encourage home practice. It’s easier for a parent to watch a simple video demonstration rather than reading a paragraph about how to perform the hand cues! These videos are a game changer!
Laurie Gibbs, M.S./CCC-SLP