Wearing a Mask and Speech

At this time with the pandemic, it is important to wear a face mask to keep our patient’s safe.

In doing so, the mouth is not observed during speaking. This can be difficult in many ways.

I am finding that wearing a protective facial covering is deceasing my patient’s ability to see my facial cues . This is very important for learning. My reinforcing smile is not being observed. My patients learning to produce speech sounds can not see my oral movements.

This week I will try to use a mask with a clear covering so my lips can be seen. I will update how it goes.

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