Summer is fast approaching and families are always asking for ways to carryover language skills into the home. Summer is a perfect opportunity to get more language through everyday tasks. These tasks can be used for children with expressive and receptive language skills delays or deficits. Here are some quick ideas that you can use to carryover your child's speech therapy goals:
-Cook! Cooking with your child offers numerous vocabulary, sequencing and communication opportunities! Talk about words like ingredients, supplies, steps for the recipe.
-Go to the park! Great opportunities to elicit prepositions and where questions! Going up and down on the slide and asking where to go next!
-Go on a nature scavenger hunt! Either at the park or in your back yard, have your child collect different items and then talk about then when they find them. Have them describe colors, shapes, textures and the location where they found them!
-Attend community activities! Many times in the summer, activities within the community are free. Having the child recall events from the activity and answer wh-questions about what they saw is a perfect way to elicit language.
-Plan a trip! Planning a trip could be as simple as going to the grocery store or a sleepover at a friends house. Have your child talk about items that are needed, sequence events, and ask questions about activities.
-Read! Make sure to read plenty of books with your child throughout the summer! Talk about characters, what happens next and think of different endings to the story!
-Play! Simply sitting down with your child, playing with their toys is a great time to access langauge! Toy houses, farm animals, tea sets, play dough, blocks are all great toys. Spend the time eliciting imagination in your child.
-Make something! Spend a day doing arts and crafts. Kids learn through doing!
Summer is about having fun and language activities can be easily added into your daily lives!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about speech therapy at Child and Family Development, please contact me, Jayne Walton, M.A., CCC-SLP, by phone (704-541-9080 ext. 213) or email (email@example.com).