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Speech and Language Practice

 
 
 
Practicing speech and language concepts at home is crucial to mastery of skills beyond small group instruction in the speech classroom. 
 
If you find it difficult to make time for speech and language practice, here are some tips to incorporate speech into everyday activities:
 
1. Make it part of your daily routine: Pick a time during the day (at breakfast, on the way to school, after brushing your teeth in the mirror at bedtime)  to work on your child's particular sound or skill. By setting aside a few minutes each day, your child will be receiving consistent practice to help him/her progress more quickly.
 
2. Practice speech sounds in the car: While on your way to dance, baseball, karate, etc. play I-spy in the car and search for different items that contain your child's target speech sound.
 
3. Stories: Have a child make up a story using their speech sound. 
 
4.  Classroom Homework: While children are completing assignments, have them highlight or identify their speech sounds in their work and practice saying those words correctly.
 
5. TV: During television commercials, have a discussion with your child about the episode and prompt him/ her to use his best speech. 
 
If you need additional resources at home, please visit these websites to find worksheets, interactive games, lessons, and visuals:  
 
www.mommyspeechtherapy.com - This is a great website with many helpful articles and materials. The "worksheets" section provides free handouts on many different speech sounds that your child can work on! 
 
www.speakingofspeech.com - Under the "materials exchange" heading found in the left hand column of tabs, worksheets targeting all areas of speech and language can be printed for home practice. The materials provided can be helpful in practicing fluency skills at home, social/conversation skills, articulation, vocabulary, and grammar.