SPEECH & LANGUAGE
Thank you for visiting my page! I hope you will find easy and fun ways to support your child's speech and language skills from home. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your child's goals or target sounds. I will be checking my email weekdays between the hours of 10:00 and 1:00.
Commerical Language Games that are great for older elementary and middle school students with langauge goals!
Apples to Apples Jr. * Head Bands
Heads up APP for ipad or iphone
TriBond for Kids * Blurt
Twenty Questions for Kids
Brain Quest * Scattergories
Mad Gab * Guess Who
Outburst * Taboo * Go Fish
HOMEMADE PLAY DOUGH
Follow this easy DIY Play Dough recipe to get your child talking and creating in the kitchen! This activity is great for both language, fluency, and articulation. Practice sequencing the steps and have them tell another person how to make Play Dough. For articulation, use your best speech sounds during the process and then see how many things you can create with your sound. Have fun!
Websites to Enhance Speech and Language
StoryPlace.org is a terrific website that has a number of online games and interactive activities for preschoolers and elementary-aged students. Each preschool theme includes an online story, online activity, printable “take home” activities and suggestions for parents. Each theme also offers a book list that corresponds with each particular lesson.
PBSkids.org: Between the Lions You may have seen this television show. PBS Kids’ Between the Lions website offers many language games and literacy activities for preschool and elementary-aged children. It includes stories both watch and listen to, many vocabulary and phonemic awareness (pre-literacy) activities, video clips from the show and helpful information for parents
WORDLESS SHORT VIDEOS
for Speech and Language Practice
Many short wordless films, like the one below from Pixar, use little or no verbal language, they offer excellent opportunities to get your child practicing his/her speech and language skills. For speech sound practice, have the child describe what is going on using their good speech sounds, pointing out pictures or characters with their target sound. For language and social skills , this activity targets understanding body language, facial expressions, and characters’ emotions. After watching a film, ask him/her “wh” questions (i.e., What happened in this story? and Who are the important characters in this story?, Where were they?, Why did they ...?) Once you’ve discussed the basic plot, make predictions about what might happen next. Work on perspective taking by asking the child to imagine being in the same situation as one of the characters. Use questions like, “What would you do if …?” or “How would you feel if …?” Use the pause button during the video to stop and talk about these things as you go. More films can be accessed by searching "Pixar animated shorts".
Object and Functions
You can do a lot with common objects you have around the home! Gather a basket or box and fill with everyday objects for this activity. (sock, shoe, spoon, cup, hat, bear, play food, comb, toothbrush, soap, etc.) Play guess the item - set out two or three items from your basket and ask your child to find the one your are describing. Next, switch roles and have your child give you clues to guess an object if he/she is able. Examples of clues: Find something your wear on your feet, Find something you eat, Find something that is red, Find something that you use to keep your teeth clean, etc.
Click below for a powerpoint activity you can use on a computer or print out.
AT-HOME VISUAL SCHEDULE!
For students with limited verbal skills and language impairments, I realize that being at home for an extended time can upset the normal school routine. Please check out this great visual resource you can make at home to facilitate your new daily routine. It also includes an incentive chart! Please email me if you do not have access to a printer and need help accessing this resource.