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Listed below are some suggested activities that you can try with your children
We are going on vacation to Disney World. We are packing our suitcase. Everything in the suitcase must begin with your target sound. Try to come up with 10 items to bring. They can be funny items too. Produce the sentence, "I'm going to Disney World and I'm packing my __________" , each time you think of a new target word.
/r/- Lift tongue up and back
/sh/ - Round your lips and produce a fat air sound (big burst of air)
/th/- Place tongue between upper and lower teeth
/s/, /z/- Place tongue behind upper or lower teeth, smile, let a steady stream of air escape.
/l/- Elevate and place tongue behind your upper teeth.
Listen to your favorite song. Identify 5-10 words from the song that contain your target sound/sounds. Practice each word 5x each and then form your own sentence containing each target word. Remember to practice in a mirror if you need guidance with placement of your articulators/speech muscles.
Help Lucky the leprachaun find all of his golden nuggets. His golden nuggets have been scattered around mystery objects. In order to locate them, you must come up with the names of 10 mystery objects all starting with your target sounds. For example, if your target sound is /L/, the mystery objects may be a log, leash, luggage, lock etc. Say the names of your objects 5 times each. Remember to self correct your errors.
Below are articulation word lists for some high frequency sounds that you may find helpful. Play a game with your child and have them produce one of their target words 5x before taking their turn in a game.
Following 1-2 step directions with prepositions
Work on expanding describing skills. Pretend that you are the following spring items (flower pot, watering can, wagon, and pinwheel).
What do I do?
Where do you find me?
Who uses me?
What parts do I have?
What group/category do I belong in?
Caps For Sale
Told and Illustrated by: Esphyr Slobodkina
Caps For Sale is one of my favorite children's books. In the story, a peddler walks up and down the town's streets trying to sell caps. My assignment for you is to design your own cap. What color is it? How does it feel? What size, & shape is it? Where did you buy it? What parts does it have? What else do you know?
Enhance receptive/expressive language abilities by generating an object to fill-in in the following statements:
Choose a favorite story book from home. Ask a parent or caregiver to read the story to you. At the end of the story answer the following questions:
1. Who is the main character/characters?
2. Where does the story take place?
3. Is there a problem in the story? If so, how was it solved?
4. What was your favorite part of the story?
Additional Practice: Choose any item in the story and recreate it. For example, if there are flowers in the story, draw your own flowers and describe them (e.g. The flowers are colorful, sparkly, gigantic etc.) Lastly, compare your item to the item in the book. How are they the same? How are they different?
Repeat the following 3-5 word sentences to enhance auditory memory for short sentences.
Use stretchy speech while giving directions during a game of Simon says with a family member. For example ("Tooouuuuch your nose" , "SSSSSSiiiiimon says stand on one foot). Let me know if you have any questions.
Ask your child to pick one of their favorite board games to play. Play with a parent, caregiver, or sibling. During each turn, use a preferred fluency shaping strategy. For example, your child may choose from the following: pausing and planning, roller coaster breathing/easy onset (which involves taking a breath in through the nose, and releasing air and speech together on the exhale), voluntary stuttering, and/or stretchy speech. Have fun!
Ask your child to create 3-4 sentences about a favorite summer activity. Ask them to use the pausing and planning strategy. They can write the sentences down and include a slash mark (/) to indicate where each pause should be. For example, " In the summer / I play / on my swingset".
Pick your favorite story book from home. Practice using the easy onset (stretchy speech) technique by stretching out the first sound or word in each sentence. Practice with a caregiver and tell them how you think you did. Did you experience green speech? Yellow speech? Red speech?