Putting Therapy Into Practice
Language is happening all around you. You can narrate daily routines such as bathtime, mealtime, storytime, dressing, and going places. For example: You ask your child: What do you need to get out the door? Have your child answer or show you what they need: I need my ___ shoes, backpack, glasses, coat, lunch etc.
Valentine’s Day Cookies
Baking cookies with your child is an excellent activity to foster speech and language development. This activity will target: sequencing, expanding verb repertoire, answering WH-questions, and using descriptive features. Your therapist can expand this activity should you have questions.
- the steps to make the cookies
- how the dough looks, smells, feels and tastes
- what you will do with the cookies
- who you will give them to
- do you like them, why?
Donna’s Recommended Book
First Look and Find books: I love I Can Do It staring Elmo. The child searches, points and matches during the task of looking for a single pictured item’s location in a scene.
The parent can turn this into a turn-taking activity by asking: Do you see a ____? When you find the ___, you can tell me: See it! or I see it. I see a ___! Then encourage the child to ask you to find something. What should I look for now? When you find it, tell the child: See it! or I see it. I see a ___!
These are excellent books for working on vocabulary in a nice, organized way. After finding the items on the pages, the parent can close the book and stimulate the child’s memory by asking: What did we find (at the birthday party)?
Upcoming Events for Families
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is free admission
- George Washington’s Birthday Parade in Old Town
- AMC Theatres offer sensory friendly films once a month: find out more information