Today’s guest blogger is Miss Speechie from Speech Time Fun.
She is a licensed speech-language pathologist working in an elementary school. She is here to share some strategies for classroom teachers to use in their classrooms to promote communication (for ALL students, not just those receiving speech).
“Communication? Why do my students need that in school?” Well, communication is involved in a lot of factors of the school day. Students need to listen, express answers, write responses, and interact with peers and teachers.
What is a multimodal approach? Students should learn using most if not all of these methods:
- Written: have them practice writing new vocabulary words in sentences.
- Oral: have them say out loud new concepts. Have them discuss with their peers in groups.
- Visual: Use graphs, pictures, sentence strips, and any way to make learning visual (not just notes on a Smart Board.)
- Tactile: Students should practice touching it. Tap out syllables, write vocabulary/spelling words using rice or clay. Tap out math concepts.