How do you keep kids interested and engaged in front of a screen during speech teletherapy?
That's something I've heard a lot in speech and language groups lately. Let's face it, sometimes keeping kids engaged with you when you are a picture on their screen can be hard!
SLPs in the schools (and many in private practice too) have had to pivot on a dime and figure out how to provide therapy services in virtual-only and blended models during the COVID 19 pandemic. It's brand-new territory for most of us.
With a little tweaking and adaption, most of your go-to activities can work well in teletherapy.
If you're working with very young children, or children with shorter attention spans, you'll want to change things up and have 2-3 activities lined up per session.
So if you're new to this virtual therapy model like I was, you may need some extra ideas to jazz up your therapy sessions and keep kids excited to participate. I hope you find some new activities or ways to tweak familiar ones in this list!
11 activities you'll want to try to keep your preschool and elementary students engaged during your teletherapy sessions
1. Read Picture Books
- Read a book you have and show the pictures to the webcam.
- Find a favorite book read aloud on YouTube. Listen or turn off the sound and read it yourself.
- Project the book: Use an Osmo base and mirror with an iPad (Desiree from slptalkwithdesiree.com walks you through using an Osmo here.) or use a document camera.
- Did you know there are ways to use your smartphone as a document camera in Zoom? All it takes is your phone and a few cans of vegetables. WHAT??? The link above will show you how.
- You can also share your screen while reading a story from a website with online books like Vooks.
|Use puppets and stuffed animals to make stories come alive in speech teletherapy!|
2. Puppets and stuffed animals.
4. Green Screen Activities
|A simple spider craft for working on s-blends|
5. Arts and crafts:
|Try the Move and Freeze song by the Learning Station|
6. Movement breaks!
7. Try songs and fingerplays with your littles
|Interactive Digital PDF's are great in teletherapy. |
Sing the song as you explore this fun
Wheels on the Bus Digital Interactive Story
8. Interactive PDF activities
9. PowerPoint Games
10. Ipad Apps
11. BOOM Cards
|The pictures in this deck really move! |
Fun for learning past-tense ed verbs, WH questions, and pronouns too.