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4 Ways Parents Can Use Technology to Provide Speech Therapy to Kids

Speech and language issues are more commonplace than you might think. Statistics indicate that close to 1 million American children are undergoing some kind of speech therapy. Parents are a child’s first teachers and you’re likely right by your child’s side as they learn to articulate their thoughts and understand the spoken word.

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Using Apps and Tools Keeps the Child Interested

Educating your child is also a learning experience for parents as therapy for speech begins. If you’ve been looking for additional tools and apps to streamline therapy, check online for options. An added advantage of using apps is that you’ll vary the lessons to keep the child interested and have them play games while they learn. Children should feel free to enjoy their sessions with no pressure, otherwise they might develop an aversion to therapy and even the lessons within.

Tap into the Digital Capabilities of Your Child

Modern-day kids are digital wizards. You’ve probably been stunned at the ease with which your little one navigates their iPad or tablet. Use these skills and their interest to develop their speech and language skills. You’ll enhance the child’s attention span, willingness to pick up lessons, engage without getting bored, and have more productive sessions. Here are a few apps to get you started.

Building Vocabulary

Help your child learn words according to categories. For instance, shapes, colors, sizes, and where they are located. In addition to learning the correct terms, you’ll also teach them opposites and distinguishing objects. Terms like up and down, above and below, front and back, and other similar terms help develop a detailed perception of the environment where they live.

Grammar

Grammar apps teach the child how to use the appropriate subjective and objective pronouns in a sentence. For instance, the right usage of me, I, and my and saying I like teddy instead of Me like teddy and This is my apple in place of This is I apple. These tools get the child to practice by repetition multiple times over several days until the lessons are ingrained properly.

Sequencing

Step by step games teach children how to determine the right sequence of performing actions while also teaching the names of different objects. They can drag and drop things to make cartoons move. Try lessons like:

Step 1 – Pick up red book.
Step 2 – Go to family room.
Step 3 – Give Daddy the book.

In three steps, the child learns the names of objects, colors, location, and naming a parent. You can reinforce the lessons by getting them to act out the sequence in real life.

Incorporate Other Fun Activities into Your Routine

When spending time with the child, choose different fun activities, including exercising using workout apps that appeal to the whole family, telling stories, reciting rhymes, and singing songs with actions. Limit learning to short sessions with frequent breaks. You would also want to have regular naps and snacks to maintain energy levels but do remember to follow the child’s lead and stop if they seem tired.

Developing speech and language skills can be turned into a fun experience. Use online apps and the directions of your therapist to make it happen.

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