Just wanted to share a lightbulb moment I had this week. I have a sweet little friend who is just turned three with a severe phonological delay. His speech in highly unintelligible, but we’ve made good progress with marking syllabes over the last few weeks. We’ve been working on a lot of sounds and oral postures for each beginning sounds. He’s backing to /h/ for almost everything. Moving lips together for bilabial sounds for /b/, /p/ and /m/ was easy to see in the mirror because it wasn’t hard to hold those postures. Those sounds came pretty fast! Now that we’re moving onto the /d/ sounds, finding the alveolar ridge has been frustrating for both of us! We have used mirrors but struggle to move the tongue behind the teeth, rather than in front of his teeth. I ran through my bag of tricks (tongue depressors, suckers, etc.) This week I pulled out my iPad and opened the camera app. We put it in the stand and faced it toward us so we could see ourselves. I sat behind him so we were both in the screen. We went through all our current sounds and I said ‘FREEZE’ when he found the correct placement. Then he could press the picture button and catch us. Something about holding it in that spot long enough to grab the photo was enough to make the connection! We’re cruising right into the next phonological process right after the holiday break! The picture above is one my little friend grabbed – of course his face was blurred 🙂 Reason #4537 why I love the iPad! Have you used the camera on your ipad for treatment?
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Ann Welker says
Thanks for another great idea, Jenna! I can’t believe how much the iPad has changed my therapy!
I don’t have an iPad (YET!!) but borrow one when possible. I have found the iPad is really helpful in helping my students on the spectrum to understand and use personal pronouns correctly. We have the video camera facing towards us as we sit next to each other so we are watching ourselves. We engage in a simple activity while talking about what “I” and “you” are doing. It seems to lead to an ah-ha moment in a way that is hard to get in other formats (mirror, viewing videos after the fact, etc).
I don’t have an iPad, but I’ve used my Android phone in much the same way.
Rachel Osborn says
I use those talking back apps all the time or recording apps that alter speech to slow it down. That way the students have auditory feedback of what they actually sound like. I find that it’s a light bulb for students, (e.g. I say bish? instead of FISH!?).
Heather Strebel says
I love using the iPad for this exact reason. I just put in a request for a larger capacity iPad to hold all my apps plus the videos and photos we are taking in therapy. I can’t wait to show parents the before and after videos as well. Thanks for sharing your success.
Totally love doing camera activities with the iPad. But never had them push the button. Great idea!
ohmygoodness…I have a kiddo too that I have gone through the same bag of tricks for the exact same thing. I’ll try my iPad camera! Awesome! Thanks so much!
Jennifer McCuller says
Love using the camera for tongue placement! It totally works! I also use voice memos so they can record themselves saying their sounds. These are great self monitoring tools.
I use the iPad in place of a mirror too, but never thought to take a picture! Great idea.