Speech and Language Homework Activities for Articulation and Better Communication Skills
Speech and Language Homework Resources for Students
When most students hear the word homework, they immediately tense up with eyes rolling, temper tantrums, and arms folded in a rebellious manner that says, “no way”. No one likes the idea of spending more time on work after school, but there are ways that speech language pathologists can make it easier for parents and fun for their students.
Believe it or not, you can make your speech and language therapy homework engaging for any age student. To keep them interested, there’s no better place to turn than technology.
Speech Language Homework
When you ask students to do speech language homework, making it more about them and their world is a good place to start. And, getting parents involved also makes it more fun for everyone. How about asking parents to take pictures of their child doing certain routine tasks or special activities using their cell phones? Then, use these photos in SLP homework assignments to stimulate the student’s imagination.
Have the student make a list of adjectives that describe the activity, each step they took, what it felt like, and how they felt before and after. Then, have them form these words into complete sentences that they can then use in articulation exercise. It’s a creative way to not only engage your SLP students, but also get to know their world a little better.
Use Wikis to Stimulate Their Imaginations and Enhance Their Speech Skills
While working with a group of students, add the digital realm to their homework assignments. How about creating your own Wiki and let them be participants, allowing them to edit the actual site or create content that will go on the site. It’s a simple way to spread the word about the classroom that can be shared with their families or give the class a sense of pride.
Wiki sites allow you to go in and type responses, make corrections, and add comments. In addition, having your SLP students read the Wiki out loud at home and then in the classroom will help them gain confidence and feel engaged.
What about having an ongoing email conversation with your Speech/Language Therapy student (with parent permission, of course)? Does the student’s school have an online email system the teachers use? Ask to have an account set up in your name.
Websites such as https://www.quia.com/shared/search help you help students work on their vocabularies. For example, if you wanted to work on “antonyms,” you could type “antonym” in the search box and you’ll be given a list of different types of games and activities that address those vocabulary words, https://www.quia.com/ws/1643684.html.
Copy the link of the activity you want the student to do/play for his/her homework and email it to the parent (connect with parents first to get their buy-in).
Ask the parent to actively listen to and assist with the homework, making sure the student does the task correctly. The website, http://www.vocabulary.co.il/synonyms/ provides games addressing synonyms for different grade levels. Conduct a Google search using terms such as, “Language Arts Educational Games,” to find a variety of activities your students can do/play as homework assignments.
iPad Apps provide a variety of great tools that can be used in speech and language homework assignments for kids. Here are some Apps that will help your students in a variety of ways, including articulation, syntax, vocabulary, rhyming and sequencing/narratives. Many homes have iPads these days, so take advantage of their interactive nature.
NOTE: Some of the Apps listed require a paid subscription. Remember, homework is a tool we use to generalize the skills we teach. In addition, homework should not be assigned unless the student is first able to accurately and consistently demonstrate skills during therapy!
Rhyming (Dr. Seuss Apps)
Other Fun Apps for Speech and Language Homework and Articulation
- Tablet and Mobile Phone Apps for SLP Student Homework:
- Use the iPhone App “What’s App,” to record your voice rather than texting in a conversation. Set up groups between you, the student’s parents and the student, and then carry on a 3-way conversation that will allow the student to practice fluency strategies, articulation and language skills
There are iPad recorders (along with those on cell phones) that would allow the student to record him- or her- self as lists of words, phrases, or sentences. These include Quick Voice, Audio Memos, or Voice Notes. The App, “Word Vault” offers wonderful photographs for speech language articulation practice, organizing them by sound position in words, phrases, sentences, and even narratives for students to read as they practice.
- Reading and Hearing Apps for SLP Students
Many students enjoy reading or hearing stories on their digital devices. Take advantage of these great resources that can help students with story comprehension, sequencing of words, narratives, grammar, vocabulary and inferencing.
We recommend the following Apps to help speech and language students improve their articulation and comprehension skills: Stella and Sam, You Tell Me Stories (i.e., Oscar Finds a Home), The Little Red Hen, Alfred and the Dragon, and Mercer Mayer’s: Me and Mom, All By Myself, Grandma and Me. From these resources, make a list of words from a story that the student can practice with the parent.
There are several online activities as well as iPad applications that can be used to engage students with Speech/Language Therapy homework (whether working with students onsite or via teletherapy).
It all comes down to searching for sites or Apps, using your own creativity, and most importantly, increasing the level of communication between you (the SLP), the student and their parents. Simply place a phone call to confirm that the student has, and can use, an iPad to complete Speech and language homework.
By providing clearly written instructions, you allow parents to become an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, students will respond better if you engage them with homework that includes things they enjoy.
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