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Great Gifts for Those with Special Needs

Here are a few links that have great gift giving ideas for children with ALL needs!  Take a look!  There are still a few shopping days left until the Holidays!

Special-ism.com

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More At Home Activities

Here are this weeks strategies that you can try at home:

  • Use gestures when you talk!  Point to the different items that you are talking about around the house or when out in your community!  Have your child find the different items that you are describing/talking about and have them show you by pointing?
  • Play "I see."  While at the park talk about all the things you see!  Turn it into a game and take turns! 
  • Sing the ABCs while in the car.  Try other nursery rhymes - Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle, etc.

Board Games!!!!!!

Board games are a fun way to target speech and language goals that don't require a lot of "creative thinking" (let's face it, there are times that all of our creative energies are running on low) and are great ways to grab kids' interests!  Here are some of my favorites!  

Headbandz
Speech and Language Therapy Tips; private speech therapy
This is a great one!  You can find HeadBanz anywhere - Target, Walmart, Toys R Us...  This game is great for teaching children "how to ask questions" as well as "how to answer questions.

App Review: Language Builder

Name:  Language Builder
Publisher: Special Education Store
Cost: $7.99
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Special Education Store publishes quite a few great speech and language apps (I have six of them).  Language Builder is a great place to start when purchasing their apps.  Before beginning, make sure you set the level you would like to use (1, 2, or 3).  The app offers a variety of true-to-life photographs that the children can describe.  Each picture gives the prompt "make a sentence about the picture.

More At-Home Activities

Here are a few new things that you can start trying this week!  Remember that these suggestions should never replace an evaluation and therapy by a licensed speech and language therapist!

Have fun with these!

  • Have your child help sort the groceries once you get home!  Put them in different piles on the floor.  This is a great way to work on categories.  Sort by: fruit, dairy, vegetable, meat, snacks, breads, drinks, etc.  Then you can ask your little one where the different items go and have them help put them away!

What Can I do to Help my Child? More at home strategies!

Here are a few speech and language activities that you can use at home to help improve your child's speech and language skills.  These activities are great to use with typically developing children as well as children who have a speech and language disorder. 

These strategies SHOULD NEVER replace having your child evaluated by a speech and language pathologist and are not a replacement for therapy when it is deemed appropriate. 

  • When you are getting your child dressed in the morning or getting them undressed for bed, name the different pieces of clothing that they are wearing and where they go on their body parts.

App Review: Fun With Directions

Here is another one of my therapy favorites!!!

Name:  Fun With Directions
Published By: Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language, and Auditory Development
Cost: $9.99
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Targets: Following directions, colors, spatial concepts, auditory memory, and auditory processing.  It specifically targets the demands: give, touch, close, open, top, middle, bottom, push, color, and erase. 

How to use:  The home page is easy to navigate.  It allows you to set up and store basic settings for different users.

App Review: Bert's Bag

As I was looking through all of my apps, it was difficult to pick which one to review first!  So, I decided to pick an app that happens to be many of my younger client's favorites!  Bert's Bag!  Let's take a look!

Name:  Bert's Bag
Published By: Sesame Workshop Apps
Cost: $1.99
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite apps because it can be used with children of all developmental levels and with children who are in all different communication stages!  The app specifically focuses on number recognition, counting, and following directions, but I use it for so much more!

Basic Concepts - What Are They?

Another common question I get asked from parents is"what can I do to help right now?"  My goal is to blog many different ideas to help parents at home. 

(These suggestions and strategies should NOT be a replacement for speech and language therapy, but can be tried/used at home to increase your child's communication.)

What are basic concepts?

Basic concepts are the building blocks that children need to be successful in any environment - at home, at school, at the park, in social situations, etc.

When Should Sounds Come In?

It is important to know what typical sound development looks like.  Below is an easy and quick chart that you can reference!

90% of Children Have Mastered These Sounds...By Age
 
p, d, m, w, h, n - 2 years old
t, b, k, g - 3 years old
f, v, y - 4 to 5 years old
s, z, j, l, r, sh, ch, th, blends - 5 to 7 years old


Now that you know what "typical sound mastery" looks like, the question is "When should I worry?"

Learning and developing speech and language skills is not easy.  It is normal for young children to make mistakes when talking.
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