Practice Practice!

With siblings and busy schedules, it may feel difficult to find time to sit down with your child one-on-one to work on speech and language targets or homework. It is important to know that even if you are not spending as much one-on-one time with your child as you would like, they are still gaining crucial input and exposure during each conversation you have with them. Implementing therapy techniques and practice does not need to only be limited to individual practice. While one-on-one time is beneficial, it is also important for your child to learn how to use language in everyday routines and when interacting with family and friends. Speech and language development techniques can easily be implemented into daily tasks you already do.

For example, use self-talk to describe what you are doing while making meals or snacks (e.g., Cut apples, eat banana, drink the milk). Label items while on walks or in the grocery store to expand vocabulary. Give your child options to encourage independent language use such as, “Do you want to put your boots or your shoes on first?” or “Would you like to drink water or milk?”.

Try to find at least one reoccurring time in your morning, afternoon, or evening routine to practice speech and language. This allows you to be consistent with practice without feeling overwhelmed.

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