Speech is an everyday activity and it is easy to find opportunities to help
your child learn new sounds and words, recognize how words sound and
gain confidence in their speech.
Using everyday activities such as eating, bathtime, riding in the car and bedtime
can provide natural situations to work on sounds and speech. The repetition
and familiarity of these activities create comfortable and fun opportunities.
A speech language pathologist can help you know what sounds or patterns a child is
ready to work on, ways to deal with frustration, good ways to prompt and cue your
child and provide age appropriate vocabulary and concepts that will include opportunities
for your child to practice.
Things you can do to help your child's speech development:
-Always model good, clear speech
-Repeat a word or phrase your child says incorrectly back to your child
acknowledges you understand their message and allows
them to hear the correct sounds without a negative feeling
-Use funny sounds and words in play
bees go zzzzzzzzz, pop!, animal sounds, vehicle sounds,
-Have blocks or toys make different sounds, even letter sounds
for example, the blue block
goes "bu,bu,bu", the ball goes "sssshhhhhh" as
-Ask for clarification to get a second try from your child
for example, if your child says 'pish'
for fish, ask "Is that a pish or a fish?"
-Play games and activities that encourage using your mouth muscles
licking a lollipop, popsicles
making or imitating funny faces
whistles and whistling
-Sing songs and read books with repetition and opportunities for your child to
-be a good model
-work at their level with activities they can participate in
-focus on what your child says not just how they say it
-move on before frustration sets in
-keep things fun
-be practical, you don't want to focus on speech all the time
-get help to make the most of these early opportunities