Support for Students with Speech or Language Impairments
Clicker activities are perfect for children struggling to acquire language or to express themselves.
Develop listening skills
Children practice discriminating sounds using specially-designed sound matching activities. You can make your own sound matching activities too, with the Quick Page Matching Wizard. For help see our Training Guide.
Practise speaking skills
Clicker talking books are an ideal environment for practising speaking skills in a non-threatening environment. For example, make a picture book of a recent trip and let your child record his or her voice on each page, talking about the picture.
Alternatively, have an additional button that gives your child a model sentence to listen to. They then record their own voice and compare it to the original. They can re-record their voice any number of times until they are satisfied. It's a great way for speech or language impaired learners to gain confidence and independence. And it provides a fantastic record of achievement.
Focus on language structure
Use sentence building grids to teach and reinforce simple sentence structure. If your child needs additional support, use 'forced order' grids where they have to select words in the correct order from left to right.
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Modelled sentence grids are another powerful way to help children internalise language by providing a model sentence for them to look at and listen to. The model appears in a popup, and although they can open the popup whenever they wish, they can only write words into their own sentence while the popup is closed.
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Colour coded sentence building grids are another great way to reinforce sentence structure and the left to right convention.
You will find a large variety of sentence building grids freely available on our LearningGrids website.
Activities to teach and practise specific language concepts
By using pictures and presenting a set of alternative choices, children learn concepts, as for example in this activity where they choose the correct preposition to complete the sentence.
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If your child has little or no speech and needs a communication aid, use customised Clicker grids to communicate. Symbol sets are a great way to provide symbol support.
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