A few of the therapists and myself have put together a list of our ‘Favorite Things’ when it comes to enriching speech-language development at home and in therapy. There are so many things we can do with our children and our patients to assist in their speech-language development.
Amy Smith’s Faves:
- Books To Grow On theme kits are filled with surefire books to read-aloud, cassette tapes, videos, and other materials on a variety of curriculum topics and are waiting for you to check out. These theme kits are perfect for child care providers, teachers and busy parents to use right out of the box with preschool-age children. Check out the Books To Grow On Theme Menu, including the complete contents and curriculum sheets. Free!
- Tell Me a Story is a story time companion for parents and caregivers. Refresh your memory or learn a completely new rhyme to use with your child. Also free!
- Printable Crafts All kinds of printable crafts for kids (for free!)
- Family Fun Magazine: Full of language-based activities, homemade games, craft ideas, etc.
- Walks: Amy loves going for walks as a family! They go on different types of “hunts.” They “hunt” for holiday decorations, pine cones, worms and puddles on rainy days, leaves of different colors, look for types of flowers, etc.
Lisa Dagg’s Faves:
- Lisa really likes using sequencing cards … so great for language. Lisa loves taking one card out and having the client try to create the missing step or have a blank card at the beginning or end and have the child predict what happens first or after.
- Elmo’s monster maker app is super fun for making choices, using descriptive language, and is a very motivating reward for preschoolers.
- Mad Libs: Fun for older kids to generate specific parts of language (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.) and for articulation one can make it harder by having the child only think of words that contain their target sound
Amy Svensson’s Faves:
- Scavenger Hunt Ideas: I have my patients do a lot of scavenger hunts. Whether it is for a child trying to find things that have their target sound in them or doing scavenger hunts to increase expressive naming skills within categories, this is a great way to get kids moving and focused on their therapy goals outside of a structured therapy setting. My family does a lot of scavenger hunts during the various seasons. It is a great way to explore and have fun together.
- Super Flex and the Unthinkables – I have a special place in my heart for sensory processing disorders and social awareness. This is a wonderful curriculum for children ages 8 years +.
- Dot Art: It is amazing how motivating dot art painting is to a young child. They love practicing as they do the dot art. It allows for very open-ended communication goals/objectives to be targeting in one session. There are a variety of themed dot art books at specialty toy stores and craft stores.
Sarah O’s Faves: