It can be hard to keep children motivated doing repetitive activities but technology can help in this regard. If you’re looking to engage your child after their speech and language therapy sessions, you can incorporate technology into your routine to help them learn while BOTH OF YOU are having fun.
There are different devices you can use, including iPads, Smartboards, Chromebooks and computers. You can even use an iPhone as a last resort if you feel that it would help, so if you are struggling to keep your child motivated, do not be afraid of using technology because this will help improve your sessions in more ways than one.
There are a number of benefits to the use of technology, including the fact that there is no photocopying or laminating required, so the preparation process is quick. Other benefits include the many different options of lessons that are available, meaning your child will never be bored and will want to learn because the process will be exciting. Technology will make the sessions more fun, and your child will appreciate this aspect and will be eager to learn as a result.
The reality is that children who require speech and language therapy may be struggling to learn, so presenting the exercises through technology will make the process more exciting and fun. It can change the way they learn because they will be seeing the material differently and may grasp the information better. For this reason, it is important to change the way you teach during your speech and language exercises because technology will make a world of difference, and both you and your child will appreciate this change.
The use of an iPad is ideal because of the different apps that are available. These apps are specifically designed to help children that are struggling with speech and language and will help them improve by allowing them to work on a variety of goals. Some of these apps incorporate games and activities into the lessons, so the child does not feel stressed or overwhelmed and enjoy the learning process instead. It’s important for your child to feel comfortable during their sessions because this will allow them to learn better, and technology will eliminate some of that pressure. The same is true of different websites that you can access because these, too, are designed to be used in speech and language therapy sessions. These websites are interactive and fun, so planning your exercises will be very easy, and your child will get a kick out of visiting these sites through different devices.
The most important thing to do is to assess your child and their needs and the aspects they are struggling with. This information will help you use the technology that is most suitable for your child specifically to help them learn and improve their skills.
Shelley Ortved believes that healthy communication is the foundation of a child’s healthy development. Her Speech and Language programs are offered to children of all ages, from toddlers to adolescents and are dedicated to helping your child gain confidence in speaking, learning and social interaction. For further information, please browse through her website or contact her at 416 488 0988.