Creative Ideas for Using a Recorder During Speech, Part 2

recorderIt’s summertime, so how about trying something fun and different with your child, but still with therapeutic benefit. In A Basic Musical Instrumental Provides Many Benefits, Part 1, Orly Zalel provided her professional insights as a music educator about using the recorder and its potential benefits to children. In this second part of the article, a speech therapist expands upon using a recorder for therapeutic benefits.

Karen-HeadKaren Head, MS, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and also the co-developer of a series of apps designed to support children with social learning challenges.

Using a Recorder During Therapy
The recorder can be used in a number of ways to enhance a therapy session. Karen provided the following suggestions:

  • Oral-Motor Function. Playing a recorder can help with jaw stabilization. A stable jaw is critical for the clear production of /s/ and /r/ as well as for overall clarity of speech. The way that a child holds a recorder in her mouth promotes this stable jaw position.
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