Support for Students with Speech or Language Impairments
Clicker is a great favorite among speech and language professionals as well as special needs teachers.
Clicker activities are perfect for children struggling to acquire language or to express themselves.
Develop listening skills
Students practice discriminating sounds using specially-designed sound matching activities, such as those in New to English. You can make your own sound matching activities too, with the Quick Page Matching Wizard. For help see our 90-second training guide.
Practice speaking skills
Clicker Books are an ideal environment for practicing speaking skills in a non-threatening environment. For example, make a picture book of a recent class trip and let the student record his or her voice on each page, talking about the picture.
Alternatively, have an additional button that gives the student 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 students 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. For students needing additional support, use 'forced order' grids where they have to select words in the correct order from left to right.
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Modeled sentence grids are another powerful way to help students to internalize language by providing a model sentence for the student to look at and listen to. The model appears in a popup, and although the student 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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Color 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 practice specific language concepts
By using pictures and presenting a set of alternative choices, students learn concepts. For example, in this activity they choose the correct preposition to complete the sentence.
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Students with little or no speech who need a communication aid, use customized Clicker grids to communicate. Symbol Sets are a great way to provide symbol support. Customize communication grid sets for individual students, linking together relevant grids to fit their needs.
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