Distance Learning Overview for Speech & Language
Welcome Speech Friends! On this page you will be able to view and access various speech & language resouces. These are general resources however, they can be benefical for all! For more specifics to target, you can view your child's speech and language goals noted in their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). This will help access activities that best meet your child's needs. Some tips for embedding speech and language through every activities, such as: conversations, books, reading, and play can be located here. Any activities you do will be helpful! Please feel free to email me with any questions!
Erin Olszak M.S., CCC-SLP
If your child is working on their speech sounds...
In speech when targeting speech sound production, we practice producing the sound and being able to identify correct/incorrect productions. Modeling of the correct sound production is key!
-here, you can find various phonemes (sounds) in word lists. These sounds are seperated by practicing the sound(s) in: initial (beginning of words), medial (in the middle of words), and final (at the end of words). You can have your child practice saying the targeted words first 3 times each and then have them practice the word in their own sentence for carryover. Please click, scroll to find child's target sound listed on this FREE website:Home-Speech-Home.com
-You can use this Articulation Calendar every day during the month of March!
***If you have any specific questions regarding how your child shoud be producing their sound and/or specific level (i.e. word level, sentence, reading, conversation) please email me!
If your child is working on receptive and expressive langauge skills...
You can use these language sheets to target various receptive and expressive language skills. What is receptive and expressive language exactly? Receptive language is listening and understanding language. This can include: understanding WH questions, following directions, understanding basic concepts, identifying objects, categories, listening comprehension and more. Expressive language is speaking which can include: creating sentences, expanding sentence length/complexity, verb tenses, vocabulary, pronouns, describing, comparing/contrasting, and more. For example, if your child is watching a movie/tv show/book, you can have them retell you what is happening in sequential order. "First....Next....Then....Last..." you can even ask them what they think will "happen next...?" or various WH questions.
-This calendar is geared towards children in K-2 for listening/speaking practice for every day we are not in school.
-This calendar is geared towards children in 2-4 for listening/speaking practice for every day we are not in school.
-This calendar is geared towards children in 3-6 for higher level language activities for every day we are not in school.
If your child is working on social language pragamatic skills...
Pragmatic language focuses on utilizing language with various communication partners and situations, along with inferencing, answering questions, maintaining conversations, predicting, nonliteral language, and greetings/farewells, to name a few. Some ways to practice conversations...is to have them!
-Here is a calendar to focus on various pragmatic skills here
If your child has an AAC/Communication device....
Your child may use a device, or talker, to communicate their requests, needs, opinions, to ask questions, joke, and to protest. Modeling is very important! You can do so by pointing to the word on the child's talker while you speak. You can do so in everyday situations (during play, while you are eating, getting dressed in the morning, etc) to help them to learn where their words are. This helps you learn their device and for the words to demonstrate meaning. This shows how to create language for them to communicate. It's okay if you make a mistake while modeling! It's an opportunitiy to demonstrate that we all make mistakes and for us to continue to learn. A great, free resource for modeing can be found at: Assistiveware
-Some words to model: help, go, in, more, stop, all done, finish, play, want, eat, drink, open. These words are conisdered 'core' and appear throughout many daily routines. They are also a great way for your child to 'request' or 'direct an action'. It also helps them work towards more independence!
If your child is working on fluency...
Some children may work on speaking fluency. What is speaking fluency? This is typically called "stuttering". This is bumpy speech-repeating of words, sounds, prolonging of sounds, or blocking sounds. Some fluency strategies maybe: slowing rate of speech, using pacing boards, focusing on breathing, pausing, and easy onset.
-here is a calendar to focus on various speaking tasks while focusing on fluency strategies here