Last week I rediscovered the importance of recording students during therapy. During my 5 minute sessions I used the app from Synapse Apps, LLC, Pocket Artic to record the student’s productions. After recording their voices, they played it back and judged whether it was correct, approximate, or incorrect. I was targeting two goals during this activity. One goal was to have them correctly produce the sound in words, phrases, or sentence (which ever was their target level) and the second goal was to have them become more aware of their speech. Each of my articulation and fluency students have the goal “will self-monitor and self-correct his/her speech” on their IEPs but it is hard to get them to master this goal.
Many of the students were shocked to hear their voices and one even argued with me that that wasn’t his voice. They listened closely to their production of the target and mostly judged themselves the same way I did. It was great to hear them make the corrections on their own and rerecord themselves if they thought they could do better. We worked on this activity the entire week with several of them increasing to the sentence level by Friday.
I also used the app and activity with my students with fluency disorders who also receive services through the 5 minute therapy model. Instead of having them record just a word, I had them describe a picture to me. I have been successfully using the Color Me Fluent program from Super Duper Publications to improve my student’s speech. The description of “green, orange, and red speech” correlated nicely with the correct (green), approximate (orange/yellow), and incorrect (red) buttons on the Pocket Artic app. The students were able to listen to their speech and judge if they produced the sentence without stuttering, used a fluency technique, or stuttered. It was great to see them identify the level they were speaking. If they stuttered during a recording, we discussed what technique they could have used to correct the dysfluency. This was helpful in applying the skills they have learned so far this year.
I regret not completing this activity sooner during the year because I think this could have improved their self-awareness. This will definitely be an activity that I start within the first month of school and continue periodically throughout the year. There are many different apps that can be used to record student’s speech to help them understand what their speech sounds like.