66: Using Video Games To Motivate Your Older Speech Students with Dr. Erik X. Raj

Using Video Games To Motivate Your Older Speech Students with Dr. Erik X. Raj

Are you ready to hear about how you can use video games to help your students with their goals?

Dr. Erik X. Raj is joining me in this episode to talk about using video games to keep older students excited to practice their goals and objectives, and evolve as communicators.

Dr. Erik X. Raj holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a practicing speech-language pathologist who works with school-age children and adolescents with various communication difficulties. He is currently an assistant professor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and is also a facilitator at Camp Shout Out, a Michigan-based summer camp for young people who stutter.

Dr. Raj regularly presents interactive workshops demonstrating how speech-language pathologists can use mobile and Internet-based technologies to educate and motivate school-age children and adolescents. In addition to developing over 25 mobile apps for children with communication difficulties, he is the creator of SLPVideoGames.com, a website that features a collection of online video games with built-in speech and language flashcards.

Dr. Raj has obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University in New Jersey, and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How video games act as audio-visual stimuli
  • Making sure goals are still being met while playing video games
  • Tips for making this work in a group
  • How to find free browser-based games
  • Making the connection between characters in the game and the students
  • Allowing students to take their own data
  • Trusting your gut about using video games with your students

This is such an interesting episode about how SLPs can use video games to expand our student’s receptive language, expressive language, pragmatics, and more.

There are so many opportunities to utilize video games both in person and through teletherapy with your students to work on their goals and objectives. I am definitely going to be checking some of these out, and I encourage you to do so as well!

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66: Using Video Games To Motivate Your Older Speech Students with Dr. Erik X. Raj


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