SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Most Children with special needs tend to experience delayed development with their speech. One of my learner has tremendously improved in their speech, it took him 6 months to acquire his speech.
Here are some activities I found helpful, I hope they will be helpful to you
- Talk! Talk! To your child while maintaining eye contact.
- Imitate your child’s laughter and facial expression
- Use gestures and funny faces when talking to them.
- Introduce phonics, numbers and colours
- Clap or be happy or jump up silly with excitement when they make an attempt to talk or coo
- Read to the child and if you see one thing that stands out for him/her repeat and make a song with the word
- While reading the story dramatize use tone variation and use facial expression to make it fun for your child.
- Count items with them.
- Go out on walks and name things, he can see, touch and feel.
- Use simple and basic sentences.
- Respond to what the child is saying even when you do not understand, node your head.
- Make an art book of the words he has already mastered, things he loves.
- Ask questions and give him/her time to reply
- Expand his vocabulary by using sound generating application (e.g. fishers-price), flash cards (e.g. snap list-you can get them from us). Our target is to introduce lots of words.
- Have conversations with them, respond back even if they are babbling and cooing.
- Sing simple songs and nursery rhythm with them.
- Use photograph of familiar people and things to tell a story,
- When your child is talking give them full attention
- Pause after speaking to give your child an opportunity to talk.
- Help your child to follow two and three steps directions.
- Take advantage of every place you go with your child to teach him/her to name and label things around him.
- While shopping you can we use descriptive words, like size (small or big), shape and weight, to describe items.