We have noticed that parents and therapists have great results using Speech Blubs with kids that have Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about ASD, give you practical advice on how to use Speech Blubs with your child or client and give you a couple of reviews from parents and therapists who use the app on a daily basis.
HOW TO UTILIZE SPEECH BLUBS WITH KIDS WHO HAVE ASD?
We suggest you use Speech Blubs every day for 5 to 15 minutes or a minimum of 3 times a week. Make sure practice takes place when your child is calm and in his familiar environment with as little distraction as possible. As a parent, you play a crucial role. Really be there with and for your child, praise them as often as possible, and also help them hold the device if needed.
Start with 5 to 10 words that all have simple structures and sounds that your child is already good at. Let them choose the section (topic) but direct them to the simple words.
Let the child in the app do it, then you (the caregiver) do it, and only then let your child repeat. Take your time, show them how the device’s camera works like a mirror, and then enjoy as you and your child and become what you guys practice with our role-playing filters. Also, listen to and read the bonus videos with your child. Ask questions if you feel your child is ready for that.
Repetition is key, but try to make it as fun as possible! Let your child repeat words during your Speech Blubs daily routine, but don’t force them. Especially don’t try to force the child to repeat in real life just yet. This might shut them down and slow their progress down.
WHAT DO PARENTS AND THERAPIST THINK OF THIS APP?
"My 4-year-old is autistic and did not try one bit to pronounce his words until I got this app! In the last month he has been sounding out his words so much better and now other people besides me can finally understand him! Thank you sooo much!"
- Alina Granado
"I use Speech Blubs with my students with autism and apraxia students I’ve just started using it. But I see higher engagement in practicing speech sounds with my students with autism. Thank you for your work and for making this app. It makes a huge difference."
- Karla Rosegill, SLP
"I work in a self-contained classroom with students with autism and behaviors. Many of these kids are nonverbal or have minimal spontaneous language. So far I really love Speech Blubs & use it frequently with my kiddos. Thanks so much for creating this product!! I use it 3-4 times per week."
- Catherine Noel, M.S., CCC-SLP
" I am an SLP who works with children aged 1-7 with Autism, Apraxia, and a range of speech-language disorders and delays. My kids love this app! It has helped with both oral motor imitation and speech sound imitation and production. It is very fun and engaging and keeps them motivated. Thanks for making this app for me! I use it almost daily!"
- Melanie Riedlinger, SLP
"I use this with a student that have articulation errors, Apraxia, Autism, and general speech delay. My students are excited to do short bursts of work on the app. They typically are excited but being I am asking them to do something difficult there sessions are short. I use it with kids They enjoy seeing the other children on the app and that feature of seeing their own face is amazing. Brings a smile every time! Love it! Thank you for making speech fun and providing this great resource to my students."
- Cathy Hunter, SLP
In short, use Speech Blubs briefly and targeted. Make your sessions low on pressure, low on expectation, and high on fun. Use praise liberally, even if your child is not succeeding but is visibly trying. Be patient; miracles don’t always happen overnight. Write to us for any more information or if anything is unclear. Know that you have an ally in Speech Blubs. Best of luck!