Erica Zollman, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Do you want to engage your students with highly motivating
and fun activities during speech sessions? Try making a video!
Cameras are everywhere, including smartphones, tablets, and other
handheld devices. Students can create videos to address their
articulation, fluency, voice, and language goals.
Ways to Incorporate Videos into Speech Therapy Sessions
- Write and produce a play! Make sure the dialogue includes words that contain the
student’s targeted sound(s). Students will love to watch themselves on screen!
- Film students practicing their targeted sounds at the word, phrase, sentence, or
conversational level. Students may read from decks of articulation cards, stories,
or textbooks. Review the video with the student, and provide feedback regarding
his or her productions (e.g.,”You did a good job putting your tongue between
your teeth to make the /th/ sound”).
- If the student is able, let him/her take data! Allow the student to review his or her
video recording and take data on his or her own productions. Both the SLP and
student should record data, marking whether each production of the sound was
correct or incorrect. The SLP can then compare the two data sets, and discuss any
differences in data. Save and review previously recorded speech samples with the
student. It can be rewarding for students to see and hear their own progress over
- Help the student to create a video that informs his or her classmates about
stuttering. Topics could include types of dysfluency, myths regarding stuttering, or
famous people who stutter.
- Create a video of the student engaging in a conversation. Review the video with
the student, and discuss the types and frequency of his/her dysfluency.
- Record the student practicing a classroom presentation. Review the presentation
with the student, and discuss where the student could employ specific strategies.
This may also help to boost the student’s confidence before the actual
- Students can create a video to educate their classmates about good vocal hygiene.
- Make a video of the student producing connected speech (e.g., conversing with
classmate or retelling a story). Review the video with the student and discuss
whether or not student used appropriate pitch and volume.
- Create videos to model good social skills, such as maintaining eye contact, staying
on topic, and taking turns in conversation. Students may also make a video to
demonstrate appropriate paralinguistic features, such as facial expressions, tone of
voice, and volume.
- If the student is struggling with a particular social situation, record and review a
video of the student role-playing that situation.
- Using a graphic organizer, allow students to develop a narrative (including setting,
character, problem, events, solution, and closing). Create a video of the students
retelling/acting out the narrative. Review the video, discussing all of the story
*Be sure to follow district policies regarding filming/using student images.