Teletherapy/Telehealth Services started in 2020

When COVID-19 caused school closures and local shut downs, we started offering Telehealth services to our clients. We are thrilled that through telehealth services many of our clients continued to maintain skills and make progress!

When working with young clients ( 3, 4, 5 year olds) we recommend that a parent/care taker sit near the child while their child receives speech therapy online. What we have loved seeing through this mode of therapy is the parent involvement! We think it is important to empower parents so that they know exactly how to work on the speech and language skills with their child during everyday situations. This collaboration has shown great progress with many of our clients. If you are interested in learning more about our Telehealth, please email us at: SLP@dynamicspeechllc.com. We are only licensed to provide telehealth in Texas at this time.

We use many resources, materials, and tools to help our clients interact during telehealth speech sessions! This image shows an example of various props that the client sees and talks about.

Clear Speech

If you have received accent modification training or you want to know how your speech can be better understood, then you may be interested in using clear speech. I have taught my clients rules about word stress and intonation. These rules are very important, but when you’re in a stressful moment, such as speaking in front of your boss and co-workers or on the phone, it can be difficult to remember all of the rules.  A strategy “Clear Speech“ has helped my clients especially when they are doing presentations or webinars. Check out my video to learn more.

Language Activity – Puppy Dog Pals Playhouse

It’s kind of sad that ToysRus closed, but I have to admit I rarely shopped there. I like to find deals on toys and games so it was not my top choice for shopping for speech therapy materials/toys. Luckily one of my client’s parents reminded me about ToysRus’s big 50%-75% closing sale that happened over the summer. I didn’t think there would be anything left, but I was pleasantly surprised. See image below of the treasures that I found!

One of the toys I got for 50% off was Puppy Dog Pal’s Playhouse. In my collections of materials and toys, I do not have anything like this toy. It’s a Disney product and looked like fun so I paid for it half price. I have used it about 5 times in therapy and think it was worth the buy!

Playing with my 2 year olds – This toy is great for motivating late talkers and children who are limited speakers or not speaking yet to work on play skills, attending, and joint attention. I found out that one of my little ones loves the cartoon that goes with the toy, so it was a big hit! I modeled many core words, such as, up, down, in, out, go, stop. Since a couple of my little ones are not yet talking or have only a few words, I decided to model silly sounds and noises while playing: “weee”, ” whoa”, “yay”, “awe”, “hey”, “woof”, (panting sound), dog crying sound, etc. I also encouraged the child to share the dogs as he wanted to hold both of them. We worked on taking turns going down the slide and I made my dog talk to his dog. It was a fun therapy session!

Playing with 4 and 5 year olds – After studying the instructions, I discovered that there were many pictures showing how to play with the toy. I would think it would be self explanatory, but these images gave me an idea. One of my clients is working on following directions and learning concepts (spatial, qualitative, etc.).  I took a picture of the images with my iPad. Then before we could play with the toy, I asked him to do what the picture told him to do. So we targeted following the direction with the concept (i.e., “Put the dog on the swing.”). After he followed the directions without difficulty, I had him either repeat a complete sentence or create a sentence about where he put the dog.

 

Overall this is a fun toy that targets many language goals!