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Suggested Practice at Home -- Articulation and Language

Articulation Practice: (borrowed from Patsy Schneider , SLP at Cline Elementary)

  • Name 10 things to eat  hat have you sound in their names.
  • Look in a newspaper grocery store add and find 10 products with your sound.
  • Go to the grocery store with your mom or dad . See how many things you can find with your sound.
  • Name all the numbers from 1 to 100 that have your sound.
  • Name all your relatives that have your sound in their name.
  • When you go on vacation, find 10 new things with your sound.
  • Describe 4 animals using you sounds. Your parent must guess the animal
  • Describe how to play a favorite game using your sound.
  • Tell your parent about a favorite TV show or part of a book and use your best speech sounds.
  • Read a page or two from a book using your sound.
  • Tell a joke using your sound. Sing a favorite song using your sound.

Language Skills Practice:  Here are some ways to practice language and expand vocabulary in everyday activities. You will probably be able to think of more.  (borrowed from Patsy Schneider , SLP at Cline Elementary)

Shopping 

  • Make the List -- Have your child help make the list. This will vary according to you own method. Do you look and see what you need? You might have an ongoing list on the fridge.  Whatever your method, show your child how it’s done. 
  • Categorize the list. -- Decide what items go together and group them bread, dairy, meat etc
  • At the store -- Show your child how the store is organized. Talk about the things on your list and where they are found (Sometimes this can be tricky so talk about how things might be in several areas.)
  • You might assign one or two things for your child to figure out. (Where would you find  juice boxes?)
  • Compare things. If you are a label reader, show him how. Talk about the merits of one over the other. Why you are not going to buy an item he wants (too expensive, bad for you etc) .
  • Make decisions together about flavor of ice cream, types of cookies, crackers, cheese, juice etc. Discuss why one is better (vanilla ice cream goes better with…. This cheese makes better sandwiches, dad/mom likes…)
  • Memory/ Noticing Game:  Decide on an area before you go in and try to notice as many products as you can. On the way home, try to remember as many as you can. Make the connections that all the things fit in one category (bread, all dairy/might need the connection dairy to milk to cows)

What’s in the cart? I used to play this game with my kids.  Look at what others are buying and make guesses about them. Do they have a cat? Dog?  Kids?  No kids? Are they planning a party?  What are the clues/ how can you tell?  I think you could also play this on the road with cars and trucks. (e.g. what is that person’s occupation? Do they have kids –car seats)

On the Road

  • See how many of one thing you can find: Mexican restaurants, Chinese restaurants banks, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, churches, vans, SUVs, semis, convertibles etc.
  • Errands  Take him into the bank, the drycleaner, the post office. Talk about what happens there how things work. Play the noticing game.

Everyday Activities

  • Engage your child in cooking activities making pizza, cookies, Mac and cheese. Teach him how to make a favorite food or snack.
  • Have your child help you clean.
  • If you have a hobby or interest, see if your child would like to help
  • During activities, talk about why things work, why they need to be done in a certain way or order.
  • Movies -- Compare movies, talk about how a character could have solved a problem better. Compare characters, talk about motivations.  Move the discussion beyond the concrete, this happened then this etc.
  • Going on trips -- Help your child to plan what he will need to bring. (We’ll be swimming so what will you need for that. Etc)
  • Problem Solving -- Think aloud when solving small everyday problems  (how to eat dinner and still make it to…..) Include your child in small age appropriate problem solving activities Help him think it through.]
  • Riddles -- Can be played anywhere. They are a form of inference. Start easy. Give one clue at a time. I have noticed that some kids continue to make guesses based only on the most recent clue so you will need to review the clues. Discuss what was the best clue/the one that helped the most. You will probably need to be the clue giver for awhile, so your child can learn how it’s done.