Instructional Game Videos

game videos

I had an Aha! moment the other day while watching my husband and daughter attempting to beat a video game. After several attempts, they went searching on You Tube for a solution. There they found several different videos which explained step by step how to beat the board. The videos are typically of  the video game screen with a person narrating what they are doing as they play the game. When I heard the first video of a child explaining the game my husband couldn’t beat, it dawned on me all of the beneficial application this could have on my speech therapy students.


First, my students love video games! They are often explaining to me how they do different activities on Minecraft so why not incorporate that into accomplishing their speech-language goals. Using instructional game videos can be very motivational particularly for those students that are starting to lose interest in therapy sessions.

Second, so many goals can be worked on simultaneously. When recording the video students can work on:

  • Articulation: The focus can be on correctly producing their target sounds in conversations
  • Fluency: Students can practice techniques they have practiced to reduce and control fluency.
  • Grammar: The student can work on using correct plurals, verb tenses, expanding sentences, and sentence organization.
  • Vocabulary: Increasing the variety of words that a student uses on the video such as different transition words and synonyms for movements like running, walking, and jumping.
  • Sequencing: The student must correctly explain the steps needed to complete the level so that others can follow.

When students are watching the video:

  • Articulation: The student can self-analyze their speech for errors.
  • Fluency: Again, student’s can analyze their own speech to see what they could have done differently.

While playing the game after watching the video:

  • Auditory memory/comprehension: Students can practice recalling the information that the video gave on how to complete the board. To accomplish the task, he/she must comprehend the oral language that was provided with the visual support.
  • Sequencing: The student playing the game must complete the steps in the correct order to complete the task.


First you need to select the game that you wish for the students to explain. Make sure that the game is not too difficult but requires a few steps to complete the level. The student will need to practice the level first before you begin recording. Once they are ready to begin recording, position the camera behind them so that you can record the screen and their voice without showing their face. You might have to do a few takes since children tend to get nervous. After they are satisfied with the recording have  another student maybe in a different session watch the video and then complete the level.

Some games that could be used for recording instructional game videos are Where’s My Water?, Angry Birds, Super Mario type games, Diner Dash, and Where’s Perry?

Incorporating many different goals into a session is a challenge for many SLPs but this lesson can help. Let me know what feedback you have. I am anxious to hear how you and your students like recording your own videos.

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