“Wow, Nate! You are a super star for how fast you learned this new sound. Quick, let’s race to the sticker box!”.
Nate was a “dream student” to practice with during our sessions. He enjoyed taking speech turns no matter what activity we did. He attended well & tried his best. While Nate & I were recovering from our intensive, action filled session, His mom, Karen, shocked me by saying “Ya, Nate loves coming to see you and to learn his speech words, but he doesn’t practice with any of us at home.
I thought to myself, “What?!!.... Why wouldn’t Nate who is soo easygoing & eager to please others not like practicing speech with his parents and babysitter?”
I asked Karen to use these Tried & True Fun Speech Games & Activities at home with Nate while he names his sound targets:
- Find cards or pictures that are placed inside colored envelopes or mitts / gloves that are hidden in an area that Nate can move around.
- Combine a fun sport game that Nate loves with speech practice, such as a ball or beanbag toss / shoot / roll, etc.
- Engage in sensory play using water, shaving cream, play dough, slime, bubbles or whatever material Nates loves to play in.
- Play a board game with Nate that involves the excitement of pulling a stick to spin toy tops, similar to “Spin to Win” or “Beyblades”.
- Have Nate “feed” puppets, toys, boxes or containers with a slot or opening. Add growling, munching and lip smacking sound effects while Nate “feeds” something.
- Give Nate a container filled with rice, dried beans, seeds, confetti, etc. to dig through and find small objects, cards or laminated / sturdy pictures.
- Go on a scavenger hunt with Nate that ends with the reward of Nate getting to find something inside an appealing “treasure box”.
Karen was as excited as Nate was to come to our next session. Karen exclaimed, “Nate was laughing and having so much fun that he forgot he didn’t like practicing his speech at home. He liked getting lots of verbal praise while he practiced to help him feel even more successful, i.e. “You added your ....sound!” . Nate’s favorite part was getting to choose what he & his practice partner got to do together. He also liked having choices for the practice place, time and including others.
A child’s most supportive resource for improving and carrying over their speech skills are their parents and caregivers.
Your take-away...Add 3 of these special and fun games or activities so that speech practice becomes quality time spent together that is enjoyable for both of you.
To your Success with Creating Speech-Language Fun for Kids,