Speech Pathology News: Recasting

The speech team has now finished their language assessment and analysis. We have met with the teachers to establish language goals for each class. We are now working in class providing in-class intervention. One of the strategies used frequently during in-class intervention is recasting. Recasting is a very positive way to support student when they make mistakes when talking. The adult simply repeats what the child has said with the error corrected.  For example:

CHILD SAYS: I maked my bed.

ADULT SAYS: You made your bed.

Recasting is most effective when you repeat the correction many times in different ways immediately after the error.  In the example above your recasting might go something like this:

CHILD SAYS: I maked my bed.

ADULT SAYS: You made your bed. I like the way you made your bed. I like the way you pulled up the covers when you made your bed. I will have to tell mum how well you made the bed. I wonder if X made his bed too.

Every time children make little errors like this is an opportunity to teach them about language. Over the next week ‘tune in’ to what your child is saying and how they say it and try some recasting.

Speech Team