You and your child just finished attending a therapy session with your Speech-Language Pathologist. She/he gives you word cards practiced during the session to work on at home. You sit down with your child and he/she will not do the practice with you. What do you do!?
Here are some ideas to make those speech word cards fun and motivate your child to practice:
It is important for speech to be practiced at home, so your child learns to use the correct sounds in more than one place which increases generalization (practiced sounds transferring into conversation). Make sure to discuss with your Speech-Language Pathologist what level (word, phrase, sentence) your child is at for practice to ensure the task isn’t too difficult when practicing at home. Use all the cues used during sessions to ensure your child has a positive and successful speech practice time at home. Take your turn and practice the same words as your child. Even make mistakes once in a while to see if they can catch it. The more you are involved in your child’s speech practice, the more she/he will be motivated to practice and see progress much quicker!
Written by Registered Speech-Language Pathologist (Provisional) with Wildflowers, Kristen Lipp