ABCs 4 SLPs: B is for Bracelets - Bracelets for Articulation, Emergency Contact, and Selective Mutism
Many of my students who are girls ask if they can do a craft quite often during speech therapy sessions, especially with beads for bracelets. We do not always get to do crafts, but one type of bracelet is a great craft idea for girls and boys alike. This is the slap bracelet. I found foam slap bracelets at Michaels and bought them immediately.
The slap bracelet was popular when I was a child. However, it seems that some trends keep coming back! Keep reading for my slap bracelet craft idea for articulation as well as more ideas for using bracelets in speech-language therapy!
First take give a foam slap bracelet to the child. Then, let the child choose colors that will show up on their slap bracelet. Finally, have the student write words with their speech sound in it onto the bracelet. I chose the /r/ sound as you can see in the pictures above and below. Children can even draw pictures next to the words or place foam stickers that have their speech sounds on it. This way, they have a fashionable bracelet that they can wear, practice their speech sounds, and be aware of their sounds throughout the day! If you're lucky and they really like it, they might wear it more than once! Otherwise, you could have them keep it in a toolbox/their locker to wear on speech days!
Bracelets do not only have to be crafts! If a child or adult has an allergy or speech-language disorder, it is a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet! Medical alert bracelets can be engraved or stitched with a child's/adult's allergies, speech-language disorders, special needs/transportation, and more! This is great for vacations, field trips, school, or if a person gets hurt or lost and has trouble speaking. There are many different styles to choose from and different metals/fabrics. One website I found for medical alert bracelets is http://www.americanmedical-id.com/.
Another idea that I saw on Pinterest is to use number beads to create a bracelet with an emergency contact number on it. This is great for children/adults who get lost or are injured and cannot remember or state their phone number (or a phone number of a caregiver/parent). This bracelet is cheap to make and you can find beads at any craft store! Here is what the bracelet looks like and a link to the article written about it (I am not sure where the photo came from, but I found it on this blog; not my phone # or theirs, so don't call it) - http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/bright-idea-phone-number-bracelet/
Finally, I saw this bracelet on Pinterest as well, but it is created by a company. This bracelet is sold by http://www.asdvisualaids.com/. It is called a "Mood Band". Mood Bands are made of silicone and come in a three-pack for 5.35 Euro. They are advertised for children with autism, but I think that they would work great for children with selective mutism. The bracelet has two sides to it and can be turned to show either "happy to talk" or "leave me alone". Here is what the bracelet looks like:
Bracelets can be used to remind children of strategies (such as listening or memory strategies), things to remember (parts of a story), and more! What ideas do you have for bracelets and therapy?