• Extra Practice OVERVIEW FOR SPEECH & LANGUAGE STUDENTS 

    On this page you will find ways to help practice and maintain your child's speech/language skills. These ideas will provide a general guide as to how to target your child's specific speech/language goals. Please refer to your child's individualized education program (IEP) and/or progress reports to familiarize yourself with the exact goals that are being worked on in speech/language therapy. This will help you select activities that best meet your child's needs. This page has many ideas and resouces. To avoid feeling overwhelemed by the amount of information and resources, I recommend you review the "General" section and then skip right to what is applicable to your child. 

    Remember, anything you do to foster communication in the home will benefit your child! If you have specific questions about work for your child, please do not hesitate to email me.

    Elina Goldburd

    egoldburd@cbsd.org

     

    GENERAL - FOR EVERYONE:

    IDEAS FOR EMBEDDING SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PRACTICE AND ENRICHMENT THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

    • Some general tips for embedding speech and language practice into your every-day lives through conversation, books, and play can be found here.
    • Here are some more ideas and activities:
      • Quick Car Activities - Driving is the perfect time to work on speech/language skills naturally - without taking time out of your day. 
      • Speech/Language Suggestions - Here are some ideas that you can implement during this distance learning time AND always! 

     

     

    ARTICULATION:

    IF YOUR CHILD IS WORKING ON ARTICULATION OF SPEECH SOUNDS...  

     

    Language:

    IF YOUR CHILD IS WORKING ON RECEPTIVE / EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE...

     

    Fluency:

    IF YOUR CHILD IS WORKING ON FLUENCY...

    • Times of change, excitement or lack of structure can be especially trying on people who stutter. You may notice an increase in disfluency during this school closure. The most important thing to do over this time of distance learning is provide your child a fluency-enhancing environment. This includes reducing your own rate of speech, providing wait-time to allow your child to think and communicate his or her thoughts, maintain eye contact with your child- even through a moment of stuttering, and establish conversational turn-taking for your child, especially if he or she has siblings who compete for speaking time.
    • Allow your child the opportunity to practice his or her fluency skills using their strategies once per day. You can have them summarize a book movie or tv show, talk about their day, or read aloud from a book of choice. The specific strategies that your child is learning about in speech therapy may be found in his or her speech folder.  
    • This fluency calendar provides an activity to practice fluency skills for each day of the month. 
    • Here are some additional activities:

     

    Social Language:

    IF YOUR CHILD IS WORKING ON PRAGMATIC (SOCIAL) LANGUAGE...

    • Pragmatic language skills typically focus on asking and answering questions, topic maintenance, taking turns in conversation, making predictions, and inferring others' thoughts and feelings.
    • Some of my favorite ways to target social language skills is through the use of wordless books and movies. Check out these silent Simon's Cat videos, or this list of wordless books. You can also use books from your own home library, or can even find books on epic youtube! When reading wordless books or playing wordless videos, pause and direct your child's attention to the character's body language and facial expressions. Ask him or her what they think the character may be feeling. Describe what their body and face is doing that helps lead you to that conclusion. Ask your child to make a prediction about why the character feels that way, or what they think the character may do next. 
    • This social communication activity calendar also provides daily ideas to foster social communication throughout the month. 
    • Here are some additional activities:

    Final Thoughts:

     

    Please know that this is not an exhaustive list of activities. While there is something for everyone, not every goal is reflected in these activities. If you would like to work on something specific that you do not see listed here, please e-mail me and let me know. I would be happy to supply you with more activities and options. With that said, this time at home is a great opportunity to enrich and expand general speech and language skills. Working on specific goals is great, but incorporating language-rich activities and strategies into routines is ideal. 

    Thank you for helping your child maintain their speech and language skills!

     

    Elina Goldburd, MA CCC-SLP

    egoldburd@cbsd.org

     

    The Resources on this page were provided with permission by:

    @Speech Rocks

    @SpeechiePeep

    @Miss V's Speech World

    And other FREE resources from TPT