Your child is getting older, and her speech skills are not developing as they should be. What do you do?
First off, I want to say that this post, and any sequential posts, do not replace the benefits of speech therapy. The tips I recommend here and elsewhere on the site are best if used in conjunction with speech therapy services. If you feel that your child is in need of speech therapy, contact myself (through the contact page) or a local licensed speech language pathologist.
Speech Language Pathologists are not Magicians
Speech Language Pathologists hold a master’s degree education level, or higher, and have spent countless hours studying speech disorders and treatment. We can specialize in areas ranging from feeding and swallowing to articulation to voice therapy. But, even with this plethora of knowledge, we do not have a magic wand to cure disorders or delayed speech. The efforts on the part of the SLP need to be supported in the school and home setting in order for improvement to be made. This is why SLP’s often collaborate with other educators, clinicians, and parents when treating a child.
In my years of experience as an SLP, I have noticed a disconnect between parents and SLP’s when it comes to practicing speech therapy at home. This does not have to look like sitting down at the table, after dinner, and drilling articulation sounds to death (though it may). Practicing speech at home can be fun! While the activities may depend upon the child’s age, I am here to tell you momma, you CAN do speech while doing everything else it is you do during the day! I know, our days as moms are crazy busy. The last thing I think about it that extra worksheet the SLP sent home to do.
I want to provide you with simple, quick, and easy ways to incorporate speech therapy into your daily routine. You can do speech while…
- Shopping at the grocery store
- Loading and unloading the dishwasher
- Folding Laundry
- Taking a walk outside
- Playing in the living room
- Baking cookies
- Making Dinner
- Decorating the Christmas Tree
- Having family devotional time
You might ask, “Bethany, is this true?” YES!!
My goal is to provide you with easy step by step guides on how to do these daily living activities and incorporate speech. Be sure to follow my blog to hear more about the activities mentioned above.