How to Score big this summer: World Cup Speech and Language Ideas!

Lip Rounding and Strength: Have a table top soccer game! Use a straw to blow a ping pong ball across a small table into your opponent’s goal (made from any small box in your recycling bin).

Language Processing (older clients): Describe the rules of soccer. Discuss game plays using an IF/THEN formant to determine possible outcomes. Don’t know the rules??? Look online and have your child retell the rules.

Articulation: Choose some frequently occurring soccer words that include sounds your child is currently targeting to include in your soccer match. Use sandbox buckets or other easily accessible markers to create a goal. Then let the shoot off begin! The parent is the goalie with the child earning a kick for each correct speech production.

Vocabulary: Define and use a specific soccer related vocabulary during your playful interactions. Examples include goal, pass, dribble, shoot, kick, score, field, penalty, throw, catch, advantage, assist, chest trap, etc. Then practice your new vocabulary while watching a playoff game! For more ideas visit http://www.firstbasesports.com/soccer_glossary.html

Requesting: Hold a ball and have your child request it using speech approximations, AAC, or signs. Upon request give access to the ball and let them have a kick. If motor control is impacted, provide a ramp (toy slide, table on its side, etc) and let your child role the ball into the goal.

Compare and Contast: What’s the difference between a soccer ball and a baseball? How about a basket ball and a football? Look at pictures or provide objects to support expanded descriptions.

Lingual Elevation: Using Kix cereal or any sphere cereal of your choice, place 1 BALL behind your child’s upper teeth and have him/her hold it in place. Don’t drop the ball! After 10 seconds instruct your child to swallow the ball into the goal.

Multiple Meanings: Dribble the ball or the milk dribbled? Have a match or light a match?

 

 

How to Score big this summer: World Cup Speech and Language Ideas!

Lip Rounding and Strength: Have a table top soccer game! Use a straw to blow a ping pong ball across a small table into your opponent’s goal (made from any small box in your recycling bin).

Language Processing (older clients): Describe the rules of soccer. Discuss game plays using an IF/THEN formant to determine possible outcomes. Don’t know the rules??? Look online and have your child retell the rules.

Articulation: Choose some frequently occurring soccer words that include sounds your child is currently targeting to include in your soccer match. Use sandbox buckets or other easily accessible markers to create a goal. Then let the shoot off begin! The parent is the goalie with the child earning a kick for each correct speech production.

Vocabulary: Define and use a specific soccer related vocabulary during your playful interactions. Examples include goal, pass, dribble, shoot, kick, score, field, penalty, throw, catch, advantage, assist, chest trap, etc. Then practice your new vocabulary while watching a playoff game! For more ideas visit http://www.firstbasesports.com/soccer_glossary.html

Requesting: Hold a ball and have your child request it using speech approximations, AAC, or signs. Upon request give access to the ball and let them have a kick. If motor control is impacted, provide a ramp (toy slide, table on its side, etc) and let your child role the ball into the goal.

Compare and Contast: What’s the difference between a soccer ball and a baseball? How about a basket ball and a football? Look at pictures or provide objects to support expanded descriptions.

Lingual Elevation: Using Kix cereal or any sphere cereal of your choice, place 1 BALL behind your child’s upper teeth and have him/her hold it in place. Don’t drop the ball! After 10 seconds instruct your child to swallow the ball into the goal.

Multiple Meanings: Dribble the ball or the milk dribbled? Have a match or light a match?

 

 

 

Fruits and Vegetables!

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month?  What a great time to plant a few vegetables in a pot!  Gardening is a great language enrichment activity with the added bonus of health eating! When you plant a seed or seedling, you can enhance vocabulary, learn a sequence of events, and practice describing by attribute.

Check out this link to the Chicago Botanic Garden for more information:

http://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/gardening_children