Working on Speech/Language at Home
Welcome to my website and my first blog post! I do not consider myself a blogger at all, but I want to try and periodically post therapy materials, ideas for facilitating therapy goals at home, and product reviews. For this first post I want to focus on a few materials that can be useful at home to support speech/language goals.
I know we are already into July, but summer is not over yet! This packet comes with 10 activities to improve speech and language through play. These handouts are wonderful because they provide specific speech/language targets, vocabulary lists, and concepts to focus on. Now it’s easy to turn everyday, fun activities (e.g., going to the zoo, chalk play) into speech and language activities!
The last product that I want to promote today is an app called “Toca Kitchen Monsters.” The best part about this app is that it is FREE.
This is a great app because it can be used in so many different ways.
It consists of preparing food for a cute monster by choosing food items (e.g., carrots, hotdogs), deciding on the preparation (e.g., boil, pan fry, blend), and deciding on seasonings.
The hungry monster will respond differently to different preparations, so....do you have what it takes to create a monster approved meal?
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate speech/language while playing this game WITH your child:
Increase length of utterance
I have used this to increase length of utterances for young children (2-years-old) by focusing on 2-word phrases like “eat _________.” The child is required to say “eat” plus the food item of choice before they are allowed to feed that food to the monster.
****The key for using this app with a young child is to make sure the app is used as an incentive for the child. The child should not be given free play with the device. Rather, you hold the device out of reach to entice the child to produce the target phrase. The device should only be handed over after they produce the target phrase.
You can make them as complicated as needed. For example: "Get the carrot." vs "Get the carrot, blend it, then add salt."
For an older child this app can also be used for describing actions and events. Ask the child to describe what they are doing (e.g., “I am cutting the carrot”).
For an older child this app can also be used to sequence events. The child can be asked to narrate what he/she did. For example, “First, I cut the carrot. Then, I cooked it in a pan. Next, I added salt and pepper. Lastly, I fed it to the monster.”
Well, these were just a few therapy ideas. I hope that you find them useful!