"SING-TO-TALK" GROUP THERAPY
|Sing-To-Talk app preview|
Why use music to build pre-verbal communication, speech, language and social skills?
- Music and movement activities are a fun way for children to bond, connect and interact with one other and with caregivers. 🤗
- Songs are are rhythmic and repetitive, which is great for learning new skills! 🧠
- Songs can help signal that a change is coming, which helps with building anticipation as well as making transitions easier. 💫
- Songs slow language down, thus promoting language learning. 💭
- Songs encourage children to imitate actions, gestures and to make sounds 🗣
- Face to Face
- Pause and wait
- Slow Down
- Show - using gestures, actions, visuals
- Repeat, repeat, repeat
- Giving Choices
- R.O.C.K. (http://www.hanen.org/Programs/For-Parents/More-Than-Words.aspx)
|Fitzgerald Key for AAC|
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What is a typical Sing-To-Talk Group Therapy like?
- Each group has no more than four children. One caregiver per child is allowed to join in the session. (We love for caregivers to join in the fun and learn how to use music to support the child's speech and language learning!)
- Each group is conducted by a Speech Therapist and a therapy assistant.
- Each session is 1.5 hours, including a 5-minute toilet break midway and a parent debrief at the last 15 minutes - to chat about the goals and strategies used in the sessions, so that they can continue the therapy at home.
- Songs will be used throughout the whole session (as if you were in a musical!). There will be about five different songs in each session. Each song is sang at least three times so that the children get familiar with the songs and can join in the singing! The lyrics will change as new vocabulary is being introduced.
- It always starts with a chirpy Hello song, where the children learn to greet one another through songs. And it always ends with a calming Goodbye song, where the children bid their friends goodbye and down-regulate after an active learning therapy session.
- A variety of musical instruments will be introduced. The children will be given opportunities to interact with one another through instrument playing.
The children can explore different instruments as they sing along!
They learn to make choices, take turns and share the instruments too.
- There may also be one or two table-top language activities to emphasize the vocabulary and concepts taught in the singing. It provides an opportunity for the children to learn on-seat behaviour, follow group instructions and work with peers.
There are two different groups:
- ‘Chitter-Chatter’ group: suitable for children aged 5-9, with emerging language skills
- ‘Chipper-Chirper’ group: suitable for pre-verbal children below age 5
What are the therapy goals for each group?
- ‘Chitter-Chatter’ group (5 - 9 year old; with emergent language skills)
- Increase receptive and expressive vocabulary (e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives)
- Following directions
- Understanding and use of basic concepts
- Social communication (e.g. ask/answer questions, greeting, turn taking, following group rules)
- Identify and express emotions
- ‘Chipper-Chirper’ group (under 5 year old; with little/no speech)
- Joint attention
- Shared engagement & interaction
- Imitation skills (e.g. imitate actions, gestures, facial-oral movements, sounds, words)
- Following directions
- Increase receptive vocabulary
- Body parts/Feelings
Through these themes, we will target the above-mentioned therapy goals.