If your child is facing early intervention speech therapy, you may be wondering what you can do to help the situation. Are there different things you can do to help your child progress? Parents who have children under the age of three can do several things to help their child progress with their speech therapy. Here are five activities to practice at home with your child.
Singing & Play
A great activity to do with your child to help them develop with their speech is singing. Adding a little bit of play to the activity makes it even more age appropriate for them. You can sing something as simple as “Duck, Duck, Goose” all the way to the alphabet song. Add in hand movements to make it even more fun and educationally appropriate.
Playing with things like rice is a great sensory play activity, but it can also help develop your child’s speech. You can add various new toys in that help your child practice their vocabulary. Making sounds while they pretend play is another perk of sensory play and working on their speech development. Inviting a friend or sibling to play with the rice or sensory bin also encourages early intervention speech development because they are chatting and working on their social language.
Toys You Have at Home Already
Using anything from puzzles to your fingers, there are so many things you can do at home to help with speech development, using what you already have. The “key” component here is getting your child to talk about what they are doing while they are doing it. Soon, you will find several toys in your own home that you love using for speech development. Some toys will work better than others and it just takes some trial and error. For example: Mega blocks make an excellent toy for speech development. Get those blocks out and start talking and asking questions. When your child gets older, you can print out certain words and place them on the blocks to help sounding out and familiarity.
Who would have thought that bath time could be used as a way to help your child with speech? Talking about what you are doing during the process is one way. Ask your child what’s happening and let them tell the story of what’s going on. Ask your child about how things feel in the tub. Is the water wet? What does the water feel like (hot/cold)? Use a variety of toys in the tub to keep the conversation sparked. Eventually, you could use bath tub paint to help write different words for recognition and sound.
During Your Daily Routine
One thing you’ll find as you work with a child who has a speech delay, you can use almost any opportunity to help them in their effort to learn more. When your child wakes up, talk about how they slept and encourage your child to talk back to you about what they dreamt about. Lunchtime, playtime, and anytime in between can be used for asking questions, teaching concepts, and having them reiterate what was learned. Just remember: it’s all about the details and using “words” in the process.
Here are some products you can keep at home for extra practice and to keep things fun! These are all parent and therapist approved, too.
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