Ms. Haylyn shares Speech and Language Homework
Preschool Language Therapy with Ms. Haylyn
Ms. Elizabeth shares At Home Pediatric Speech Therapy session using bubbles!
Bubbles are a go-to in any pediatric speech therapy setting! They’re fun, easily available, and can target lots of aspects of communication. Here are three ways you can use bubbles at home to target speech and language skills.
1. Bubbles are great for encouraging early play skills. You and your child can practice taking turns popping or blowing bubbles. When it’s time for more bubbles, bringing up the jar and wand to eye level can help your child learn appropriate eye contact. Bubbles are also an easy way to improve sustained joint attention (you and your child sharing the bubbles.)
2. Bubbles provide an endless amount of chances to develop vocabulary skills. You can discuss opening/closing the lid, taking the wand in/out of the jar, watching the bubbles float up/down, and stop/go when blowing bubbles. You can model ways for your child to request “more bubbles” or “my turn please.” You can even play games with bubbles targeting different body parts, descriptive words, and action words- “stomp on the bubbles with your feet”, “pop two big bubbles with your head”, etc.
3. For children with oral motor and/or speech difficulties, bubbles are a great tool to target lip, tongue, and breath control. Lip closure and lip rounding, like when you’re blowing a bubble, are important for production of speech sounds (B, M, P, W, “OOO”) and feeding (straw drinking, clearing food off of a spoon.) Blowing bubbles correctly forces a child to retract and lower their tongue, which is important for producing speech sounds K and G. Controlling breath for blowing bubbles also helps strengthen important muscles we need to produce prolonged, clear speech.
Ms. Carissa shares her Easter Egg Speech Activity
This activity is super fun and can be modified for any age/goals! All you need are:
• plastic Easter eggs
• speech sounds pictures (www.mommyspeechtherapy.com)
—–click FREE DOWNLOADS and locate the speech sound the child is working on—-
• small objects that fit into the eggs
Directions to target SPEECH SOUNDS: cut the pictures of target sound words out and place in eggs; hide the eggs for the child to find them; when they bring them back, have the child say the target word 5x each and with a phrase or sentence to increase difficulty.
Directions to target LANGUAGE SKILLS: place the small objects in the egg and hide, have the child find them and describe the object that is in the egg by giving 2-3 descriptor words!
*For children working on reading and/or answering questions, parents can make up questions about the items or write WH questions on little pieces of paper for inside the eggs.
*Children can earn a PRIZE at the end if they find all the eggs and say all their sounds! (i.e., piece of candy or screen time)
This can be modified so many different ways!!
HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY EGG HUNTING!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!