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December 17, 2020 Thursday 11:10:17 AM IST

How to help children with speech difficulties participate in remote learning

Parent Interventions

Remote learning tips for children with speech difficulties by Tommie L. Robinson Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Division Chief of Hearing and Speech at Children's National Hospital, USA.

Reach out to teachers so they know about your child’s speech difficulty. Use this as an opportunity to work out support strategies to help your child, such as allowing extra time to formulate their thoughts and say what they need to say.

If your student prefers not to speak publicly, work with their teacher to find alternate ways of participating, like turning the camera off or interacting with smaller groups in breakout rooms.

Work with your child to create a script to use if they don’t understand, such as, “Sorry, I didn’t understand what you said. Can you please repeat that?”

Make sure your child has a learning area that is well lit, quiet, comfortable and free of distractions.

Incorporate movement breaks to minimize screen fatigue and maintain attention.

Organize virtual play dates for your child so he or she can interact with other children and practice language and communication skills. Older kids may enjoy playing video games with friends while chatting online.

If you’re experiencing specific problems that can’t be addressed with the tips above, talk to your child’s speech-language pathologist about the challenges and work together to create ways for tackling them.