A Word from your Speech Pathologist
Do you have concerns about your child’s speech and language? Are the sound errors your child is making age appropriate? Is your child Stuttering? What are vocal nodules? Well your answers to all of these questions and much more are on the district’s website under speech and language.
Please visit my website for any additional information regarding speech and language development and activities.
For those of you who have children receiving speech and language services; check those colorful speech folders for at home practice. The speech and language students have been working hard on practicing their speech sounds, learning new words, and speaking in grammatically correct sentences. Besides completing the homework in their colorful speech folders, here are some other fun ways to reinforce their learned skills at home.
At Home Games to Practice Speech and Language
Go Fish: you can use a regular deck of cards to review numbers, or you could use other decks of cards (can be found at Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc) that contain pictures of animals, opposites, shapes, colors, etc. There are many areas to target while playing Go Fish. Here are just a few examples:
Practice Formulating Questions: The game gives children an opportunity to practice formulating the question “Do you have a ….” multiple times during the game.
Vocabulary Development: It may be easier to use a deck of cards that have pictures on them (Again, found at most stores) rather than a regular deck. Additionally, it may be easier to print, cut, and paste pictures onto 3x5’’ index cards to make your own game!
Articulation Practice: Again, it may be easier to print, cut, and paste your child’s speech sounds on index cards; however, you could also use a regular deck of cards and play a regular game. If you notice a speech sound error, correct and have them repeat your model.
Description/definition Practice: Have your child describe the picture they want from you, e.g. Do you have an animal with feathers that flies and lays eggs?
Memory Game: If you have a memory game, it would be a great chance to strengthen memory skills, same/different concepts, and of course, speech sounds.
Picture Walk with Books: Looking through a variety of picture books with your child will encourage reading, as well as targeting language and speech sounds. Have your child describe the pictures they see in a book (using their “good speech sounds,” of course).
Additional Online Games: There are many websites out there to help parents work with their children at home with their speech and language. Here are just a few:
Thanks for all your hard work at home, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!