35 Awesome Speech Therapy Strategies: 1SpecialPlace

//35 Awesome Speech Therapy Strategies: 1SpecialPlace

35 Awesome Speech Therapy Strategies: 1SpecialPlace

Our friends at the awesome website, www.1SpecialPlace.com have produced this great short and sweet resource of encouraging children’s speech/language development.

What’s more, they have allowed us to publish it here but if you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth- click here

Follow these strategies to develop the communications in your young and old children. Any questions, get in touch with us

1. Simplify : Use short phrases and sentences.

2. Add 1 word : Use 1 more word than what the child is using.

3. Imitation : Teach kids to copy you

4. Give 2 choices : What do you want? _____ or _____

5. Self Talk : Talk out loud about what you’re doing

6. Parallel Talk: Talk out loud about what the child is doing

7. Repetition : Repeat words again and again

8. Opportunities : Increase opportunities to use the new words many times in a day

9. Model : Tell the child what you want them to say

10. Use Visuals : Show objects or pictures when talking

11. One at a Time : Give only one of what the ask. E.g – Give one cookie, blow only one bubble, so that the child asks for more!

12. Sabotage : Set up the activity in a way that the child needs your help. E.g Give a plate but don’t give food to eat.

13. Out of Reach : Keep things that the child wants out of his reach, so that he has to ask for it. E.g – Keep the toy on the top of a cupboard

14. Be Forgetful : Pretend to forget where things are kept or what’s the next step and allow the child to speak up.

15. Don’t Anticipate : Don’t anticipate what your child wants the next minute. E.g – Let him ask for food when he feels hungry.

16. Be Silly : Do unexpected actions and gather the child’s attention. E.g – While playing with a ball, call it a pillow and allow the child to correct you.

17. Follow the lead : Talk about the child’s interest and follow his lead.

18. What’s New? : Try something new which you haven’t done with the child before. It could be a new craft, a new sensory activity or even a new song

19. Verbal Routine : Use same words in your interaction with the child. More here.

E.g- Start every activity with 1,2,3 ….

20. Sing : Use songs and music in your activities with the child.

21. Wait : Give wait time for the child to respond

22. Listen : Listen to what the child has to say. Let him finish his sentence.

23. Imaginary Talking Box : Whenever you interact with the child imagine that you both are inside a box, in a way that you should be able to a) touch the child b) maintain eye contact with him

24. Make Comments : Resort to commenting that bombarding the child with questions.

25. Say it Back : Repeat back with a stress on the correct target word. E.g If the child says , I want to eat ‘tootie’, repeat and say Yes you want to eat “COOKIE” ( stress on cookie)

26. Pacing Board : Tap or clap to add more words

27. Raise It : Raise the object you are talking about near your face. This will allow the child to maintain better eye contact and also look at how the word is pronounced in the mouth.

28. Finger+Thumb : Use this strategy to visually prompt the child to make a sentence. Each word corresponds to the finger+thumb tap

29. Temptations : Set up an environment conducive to learning. Have books, toys and items of the child’s interest around. These will tempt him to communicate with you.

30. Highlight : It’s important to use your voice effectively. Acoustically highlight it at the right time to gather the child’s attention and model good speech.

31. Gestures : Use gestures and sign language while talking with the child.

32. Expand : Expand language when talking to your child. Describe more about what you or the child is doing.

33. Open Ended Questions : Try open ended Wh questions. ( What, Why, Where, When and Who)

34. Small Steps : Take small steps in moving towards your communication goals.

35. Break it down : Break down longer activities into shorter achievable tasks. E.g – Instead of expecting the child to say all words clearly, focus only on saying all words with P clearly.

NB: www.1SpecialPlace.com has a plenty of child development resources on their website. We highly recommend that you have a look. 

By |2019-03-19T11:38:48+00:00March 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jay Jindal is a highly qualified independent audiologist, specialising in hearing care for both children and adults, auditory processing disorders, balance & dizziness and tinnitus management. He is also an expert in loud music or noise related hearing issues and has written several articles on how to protect hearing from loud music. His clinics are in London, Surrey, and Kent (Orpington, Sevenoaks, and Royal Tunbridge Wells) Jay is also professional development consultant and speaks on various audiology related topics at national and international events. He regulalrly organises world class paediatric and adult audiology events with speakers from all over the world via www.audiologyplanet.com Jay has worked at most of the speciality and super-speciality hospitals in London including, Guy’s and St Thomas’, Great Ormond Street, Royal National, Charing Cross and St George’s Hospital; and Harley Street, London Bridge and the Wellington Hospitals. As a recognition of his audiological expertise, he was awarded ‘audiologist of the year’ by an independent charity called Kent Deaf Children’s Society in 2013. Jay has worked with several national audiology professional bodies, which has an influence on how the hearing healthcare services are provided in United Kingdom. He is a member of regulatory body’s (Health and Care Professional Council) fitness-to-practice panel formulated to investigate the malpractices of hearing aid audiologists. Jay has many research publications to his credit, which are published in peer reviewed international journals. He is often invited to speak in national and international audiology events

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