With summer quickly approaching, plan to use this valuable time at home to work with your children on speech development. At Tiny Tots Therapy, our experts encourage parents to get involved in their child’s therapy with lots of practice at home and on the go. Here are some of our best tips to help promote your child’s speech, growth, and development in the comfortable setting of your home this summer.
-Yoga and Speech. One fun way to incorporate speech therapy at home is to integrate movement into your activities. Speech therapy in yoga has become a growing tool that parents can easily practice with their children. This could include having your child repeat the sound they are working on as many times as they can while holding their pose. While working on balance, concentration, and fine motor skills, this type of activity integrates sound skills, listening skills, and vocabulary skills.
-Use Your Hands. Another at-home way to make speech therapy more fun is using tactile techniques. Alphabet blocks, letter puzzles, and even playdough can be used to make speech therapy a more dynamic experience. According to Speech Buddies, “tactile tools target a range of skill sets from fine and gross motor, articulation, voice and stuttering, listening and sensory skills.” Tactile strategies are also helpful with sensory integration.
-Fun and Games. Incorporating games is another great way to make at-home speech therapy fun and exciting for your children. Games such as Spot It, Headbands, or the Action Bag are some of our favorites. Your little one will look forward to speech therapy as much as any other play time!
If you are still having difficulty engaging your child in speech therapy at home, you may want to consider bringing in an expert. Tiny Tots Therapy offers home-based and center-based services to help continue your child’s growth outside of the classroom. Our expert team of speech pathologists would love to work with you and your child to find techniques for promoting growth and development at home this summer. Our team also has multilingual speech pathologists on staff. Get in touch to learn more!