Nelinda Perez, MA, CCC-SLP
Frog Pond Elementary School
305 Frog Pond Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
609-296-1719, ext 2117
The students worked hard this year during Speech. They received many opportunities to practice, have fun, and develop their skills. It has been a pleasure working the students.
Summer is just around the corner. During the summer, there are many opportunities to provide carryover, learn, and expand language. e.g. trips to the beach, a visit to another town, city, or state, a visit to a museum, hiking, summer camps, camping out, swimming, a walk in the park, a visit to the public library, going for a bike ride, visiting families or just playing with friends. Language is everywhere---for speaking and listening. Children can sequence and retell the day's events/activities. They can also create stories and be a storyteller and/or write about their day.
Another idea is to create a personal summer journal where children can express ideas, thoughts, things they did or places visited. The younger children can draw pictures while the older ones can write about it. Pinterest has some great ideas on summer journals for children. This will foster and help your child develop, strengthen, and maintain their writing and language skills. The best part is the children still get to enjoy summer. Below are just a few more ideas to work on expressive and comprehension skills.
Nelinda Perez, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Just take a few minutes each day to practice. It does make a difference. You can incorporate games to make it fun.
1. To expand a child's skills, take a few minutes to talk about what you are doing, what you see, what you or your child is doing, and what your child sees. Talk in complete sentences.
2. Take the time to listen to your child. Respond to what is said so your child knows you have been listening.
3. READ, READ, AND READ. Take the time to read a favorite book to your child. If it is a Picture Book, let your child talk about it or have your child draw a picture about the book. Ask questions about the picture. In a Chapter Book, take turn reading or have your child read to you. Let your child repeat what he read and tell you the events that occurred. Ask questions about who, what, when, where, why and how. With older children, make one night a family night where everyone reads. Each one can take a turn telling about the events that occurred in the chapter.
4. Play "I Spy" game at home or outside to expand language activities
5. Games such as finding items around the house that start with a specific letter sound is great for phonics and practicing on saying a sound correctly in words.
6. Use gross motor activities to sound out sounds or syllables in words such as bunny hops or hand clapping.
7. To practice sequencing, your child can tell you specific routines to complete a task. For example making a milkshake or peanut butter sandwiches. Your child can talk about the steps involved in daily routines, e.g. getting ready for school or getting ready for bed using words such as first, second, next, last.
Create activities that are fun and helps with improving their communication skills.
Created: April 2009
Last updated: June 2017
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