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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Summer Speech Fun at Home

Published August 19, 2014 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Just a few weeks left before September arrives and school is back in session! During these remaining August summer days, you may be looking for fun, inexpensive ways to keep your child(ren) entertained as well as challenged and engaged. Today I'd like to share some of the fun ways we like to pass the time at our house when we are home together on my days off. My 4 year old especially has an active imagination these days and wants (and needs!) to be kept busy and amused!
  • Put on a Show! Pull out some of your child's favorite story books and act them out! Let your child choose the book(s) that they love the most....Goldilocks and the 3 Bears? The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Whatever it may be, use baby dolls, stuffed animals or even yourselves to act out the story. The way we have made this work in our house is the following: I am the narrator and read each page of the book. My 4 year old uses her Barbies, baby dolls, stuffed animals and various toys as props to reenact her favorite books. She LOVES this! We practice this several times and then perform for my husband and our little one. It's a great way to help your child(ren) use their imagination and develop pretend play skills. For example, when we needed a trophy for Barbie, we used a light up magic wand and when we needed a sea lion, we used a pink stuffed manatee. Creating a book "show" will challenge your child(ren) to think of creative ways to express themselves and the message their favorite book conveys.
    • Communication Skills Addressed: Developing pretend play, language development, pre-reading skills, problem-solving, story retelling
  • Create Exciting Scenes! All you need is some large blank pieces of paper, a few crayons and lots of stickers! I find my best and most inexpensive stickers at A.C. Moore and Michael's craft stores. Make a farm scene by coloring in some grass and sky and using farm animal stickers. Create an ocean scene by coloring in some sand and waves and fill it with stickers of colorful fish and buckets and pails. After your little one has finished theirs, have them tell what they did and describe the scene they created.
    • Communication Skills Addressed: Sorting and categorizing, describing, story telling
  • Bang Out Some Music! If you have some instruments you don't mind you child(ren) "playing" on, go ahead and bring them out! Put on some of your own favorite kid-friendly tunes or sing some of your own and have a mini concert right in your living room! We have a few CDs that are our favorites! Of course, Disney's Frozen, as well as Jack Johnson's Curious George CD and The Sound of Music Movie Soundtrack. We put these on and "sing and dance like no one is watching!" Short on instruments?? Try using some of your kitchen pots and pans. Also toys like nesting cups and large building blocks make wonderful impromptu drum sets! Short on children's music?? Sing some old familiar favorites like Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.
    • Communication Skills Addressed:  Developing speech/language rhythm and appropriate prosody.

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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