Ideas for speech and language therapy activities using iPad videos and photos

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Time for a blog on my favourite iPad tool – taking photos and videos.

As long as you have an iPad 2 or more recent, you’ll have an inbuilt camera which makes it incredibly easy to use photos in activities with children (and you can delete them at the end of the session if there are any difficulties with consent).

Here are a few ideas for short language based group or individual activities using the camera function which don’t even require you to download any apps.

Attention activity – What’s different?

  • Take a photo of a person, room or area.
  • Change one thing about it or them and take another photo.
  • Ask the children to work out what has changed.

This provides an easy attention activity without having to rely on children closing their eyes!

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Social skills activity – Guess the emotion

A quick activity for a social skills group exploring different emotions.

  • Ask each child to make a facial expression and take a photo.
  • Show the photo to the group and talk about what the expression might mean.

Expressive and receptive activity – Listen and Make

  • Ask someone to carry out a simple activity, e.g. making a collage, building a tower or threading beads.
  • Take several photos which break down the activity into several clear stages.
  • Show the photos to one child and ask them to convey the instructions to another child without showing them the pictures.
  • Compare the end photo with the finished product.

The emphasis in this activity is on one child using their language to tethreading picll the other child how to do something. In addition, the other child can develop skills in listening to their peers. The art/craft activities work particularly well with younger children who are not confident with colours and preposition words. Examples of stages from a few different activities below:

 

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Expressive and receptive activity – What’s happening?

I’ve already blogged about this in the past but worth repeating here as this is a tool I use regularly.

  • Take a short video of a real or acted out scenario and ask the group questions about it. It could be a video of a busy road on your way to work, a video tour of a supermarket aisle or an acted out scenario by a teacher who has discovered her bike is broken.
  • Show the video, ask Wh questions and talk about what could happen next.

There are plenty more ways of using photos and videos – please share any other ideas you might have tried!

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Rapping with the iPad to develop vocabulary skills

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imageAutorap (a free app) is a highly motivating tool for using language with primary and secondary aged children. Essentially, the child records a short spoken phrase which then generates an automatic rap.

It could be used at school or home to consolidate vocabulary or grammatical forms, or simply to practise structuring short phrases. The free version gives you unlimited use of one tune but you need to upgrade if you want to use any others.

Using at school:  In a classroom group, present a choice of vocabulary words that you have been working on. Each child takes turns to make it into a short phrase, records the phrase and plays it back to the group.

Using at home: Give your child any two words e.g. “train” and “egg” and challenge them to make up a phrase with both words in it before turning it into a rap. Encourage them to think of two words to give you – there’s no need for your phrases to make perfect sense but enjoy playing with the words and structuring sentences together.