With summer upon us, kids want to have fun, and sometimes academics, including speech therapy, get pushed to the side. Fortunately, there are several things you can do this summer to ensure that your child's therapy needs are met.
Many children love playing in the water. Whether playing at a water table, running through the sprinkler, playing in the pool, or otherwise playing in the water, language skills can be incorporated into play.
- Practice specific sounds or articulation. For example, with a child who needs to practice the “r” sound, water, spray, dry, and diver are words you may want to practice.
- You can also have the child practice vocabulary words. This may be words such as wet, dry, splash, puddle, and water.
Hula hoops are a fun toy for many kids. They can be used in their traditional sense, but they are also fun to roll back and forth, to jump through, or to throw something through. Like with water, hula hoops are great for speech therapy needs.
- Practicing articulation by saying words such as, “roll,” “throw,” and “jump.” Have the child repeat the words after you.
- Tape a paper target to the inside of the hoop. Have words written on the paper. Have the child throw the ball at the target. When a child hits a word, have the child read the word to you. To limit discouragement, have words the child pronounces fine as well as words that the child struggles to pronounce correctly.
Kids often enjoy drawing pictures or writing words on the sidewalk. These pictures and words create a wonderful opportunity for therapy.
- Have the child tell you a story about the picture. Encourage the child to use words that the child struggles to pronounce.
- Play Pictionary, guessing what the other person has drawn. Focus on drawing pictures that will require the child to use words that require articulation.
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