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Speech increase awareness of own intelligibility  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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The child will become more aware of whether they are intelligible

Phonology/Articulation:Connected Speech
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Tape recorder and tape, or other means of recording and playing back what the child says.

Whiteboard and pen

Speech and language therapy activities

Whiteboard and pen

Speech and language therapy activities

Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Tape recorder

Caution:

This task requires sensitivity - you are strongly advised to consult a speech and language therapist before carrying it out.

1. Engage the child in conversation. Record them speaking for a short time (about 3-4 minutes).

2. Play the recording back and ask the child whether they can understand everything. Discuss why they may be hard to understand (e.g. too quiet, unclear speech, too fast etc.)

Choose a topic that the child is interested in so they will have lots to say.

Try also playing the recording to the child after a few days (when they may have forgotten what they said). Can they still understand it?

Unclear tape

Tape* (preferably with instructions or talking on)

Variable speed tape player - see comments.

Radio/TV/noisy machine (e.g. shredder) etc.

Equipment needed to complete instructions (if used)

(*you can use a version of the instructions in another recorded format, if you prefer)

Not all places will have a variable speed tape player, however, one of the following options might be suitable:

Some tape-to-tape recorders have a "high speed dubbing" option for copying tapes

You could play a record at the wrong speed if you have a record player - you may not have instructions on a record, but it will give a child a chance to hear how being very fast makes it hard to understand what someone says (or sings!)

Some mp3 players have the option to record and playback, and the speed of playback can be varied.

Feedback

Caution:

This task requires sensitivity - you are strongly advised to consult a speech and language therapist before carrying it out.

It is better to use a whiteboard and rub faces off, rather than use a printed sheet and cross them out. This is because you are left with something positive at the end (a row of smiley faces) rather than something negative (a row of crosses).

You will need to use your judgement about whether to rub off the faces or not.

You may need to be more lenient with some children.

Listen to yourself

Caution:

This task requires sensitivity - you are strongly advised to consult a speech and language therapist before carrying it out.

It is better to use a whiteboard and rub faces off, rather than use a printed sheet and cross them out. This is because you are left with something positive at the end (a row of smiley faces) rather than something negative (a row of crosses).

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