10+ Ways To Use Photos In A Therapy Session

pediatrictherapeuticservices photos1. Camera and pictures as positive reinforcement. Kids love pictures - looking at them, taking them, being in them. Photographs of pets and children can be an ice breaker with a new student. You can reward a great job by letting the child take a picture of his work, and allowing the child to bring pictures from home to show the therapist can be especially rewarding - which bring us to number 2! 2. Photos as a conversation starter. Portable, interesting, and universal, bringing in a few photos of family and pets can be a great starting point for a speech group activity! Having a "show and tell" provides an opportunity to practice social skills as well as language use! Turn taking, adding details, and pronoun use are just a few ways a photo can get our students talking! On his blog, speech-language pathologist Erik Raj recently posted an entry in his blog titled "Using Your Cell Phone Photos as Speech Therapy Story Starters", check it out for more ideas! 3. Photos as data collection. Because digital cameras are so easily accessible, including cell phone cameras, it is both inexpensive and convenient to take photographs of student work. This can be a way to be greener, and use less paper. Use a dry erase board for writing practice, snap a quick picture, and erase! Photos can record writing samples that may be completed during a push-in classroom session, when student work may be handed in to a teacher. Also, taking a picture can support a school-based therapist's memory when a prized piece of artwork is brought home before the note is written!

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More on keyboarding

So now that we know how to collect information about our students' ease and speed of keyboarding, as it compares to their handwriting speed, we can look at how to improve keyboarding.

Keyboarding is a motor skill, requiring recall of learned movements for greatest efficiency. As always, when performing seated work requiring skilled use of the hands, positioning is the foundation for building skills. With keyboarding, the position of the lower body and back in the chair, the position of the monitor in relation to head, neck and eyes, and then the position of the fingers on the keys. Touch typing is the method preferred for achieving the greatest speed while keyboarding. This method requires that the user utilize each finger to hit the keys, with the keyboard split into vertical rows. For example, the third finger on the left hand is responsible for hitting the keys e d and c, as they fall in a diagonal row on the keyboard. The index fingers are responsible for the following keys: left hand: r f v t g b, and the right: y h n u j m. The thumbs hit the space bar. This is the method that students should be encouraged to use.

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