5 Manipulatives for Teletherapy

We rounded up 5 of our favorite manipulatives for teletherapy!

Devon Lawrey, CCC-SLP
By Devon Lawrey, CCC-SLP
November 16, 2023
5 Manipulatives for Teletherapy

Speech teletherapy has become an increasingly popular and effective way to deliver speech-language services to individuals of all ages. To enhance the engagement and effectiveness of teletherapy sessions, speech therapists are incorporating a variety of manipulatives to create a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

  1. Green Screen: The green screen has revolutionized speech teletherapy sessions. Using a green screen backdrop, we can transport our clients to various virtual settings, creating a visually stimulating and immersive experience. A green screen can make sessions engaging by supporting play-based opportunities.

One of my favorite games to play with the green screen is “hide and seek” on the farm. I display my farm background. I turn off my camera, have the client close their eyes, and count to 10 while I “hide” an animal on the farm. Once I turn my camera back on, the client has to find the hidden animal. You can elicit their target sounds using a phrase containing the target words “I spy…” or using animals containing their target sounds.

  1. Critter Clinic The critter clinic is a crowd-pleaser! It is versatile and great to use with a variety of ages. It offers surprises, and it can be used over and over again! I like to pair it with plastic eggs and mini objects to elicit a client’s target sound in an exciting activity.

  2. Blue Tape Blue tape is excellent to use with other manipulatives, like farm animals or dinosaurs. You can use it in a catch-and-rescue game or to target /s/ blends using the words “stick” and “unstick.” It’s silly and fun and is almost guaranteed to get the clients laughing.

  3. Plastic Eggs Plastic eggs are great surprise games. I like to hide mini objects containing target sounds inside. They’ll choose between two eggs, or I’ll pull them out of a bag. I’ll shake the egg and listen for noise, and then the client will guess what is inside it before I open it. It keeps many children engaged and excited for their sessions.

  4. Animal Popper This is a great simple reinforcer. I like to pair it with Dixie cups to build a tower. The client gets a cup for each target word they produce, and once our tower is large enough or we complete our wordlist, we can use the animal popper to knock the tower down.

Topics discussed in this article:
Speech Sound DisordersTherapy Ideas

Devon Lawrey, CCC-SLP

Devon Lawrey, CCC-SLP has been practicing speech therapy throughout the state of Michigan for six years. She has her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. Her passion in life is collaborating with families to support their child's individual communication needs and improve their overall quality of life.