Practicing at Home
General Hints for Speech-Language Home Practice
You can turn almost any game you play with your child into an opportunity to practice his/her speech and language skills. Explore this section of my website to find general hints for working with your child, ways to use games and materials you already have and links to online sites where your child can practice his/her skills. HAVE FUN !
Create a Positive and FUN atmosphere for "Speech Time"
Working with your child may be challenging. Involve your child in making the materials and games. Have them choose the first activity or days you will practice.
Work at a table in a quiet area of your home. You can involve siblings in the games if it will not interfere with your child's performance. Speech Time can be 5-10 minutes, three or four days/week. Charts and stickers motivate some children. Feel free to develop this as a reinforcement tool.
Try not to punish wrong responses by saying no, that's not right. The major point is to encourage and reward their efforts and cue them so that they can produce the word correctly. Some ways to do this are:
Demonstrate how to make the sound for your child.
Describe how you make the sound; where to put the tongue, lips, or teeth.
I need to hear your new sound in that word?
Is that word incorrect or correct? (i.e. Is that wain or rain?)
Is that word ______? Let me hear it again.
I can see you are trying, let's try it again this way.
Nice try, remember to .....
Good effort, don't forget to .....
I like the way you made that sound!
Point to the part of the mouth that you use produce the sound.
Make up a secret signal or a gesture that you can use to remind your child to correct the sound without saying it aloud. (i.e. thumbs up, tap on the arm, tug your ear)