As the leaves change and the air becomes crisper, why not infuse a little seasonal flair into your home speech and language practice? Ms. Brooke has you covered with some fantastic ideas to make learning fun this fall:
- Sensory Adventure: Create a sensory box filled with fall-themed treasures like leaves, pumpkins, glittery ghost stickers, mini scarecrows, and acorns. Not only does this engage your child’s senses, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to work on articulation sounds. Encourage your child to identify the objects they discover and, for an extra challenge, hide everyday items in the box for some ‘I spy’ speech sound practice.
- Crafty Creations: Get your craft supplies ready and embark on a pumpkin-decorating adventure. This activity is perfect for practicing following directions, which can help improve receptive language skills. Additionally, it’s a chance to target requesting and expressing preferences for various craft items, expanding your child’s expressive language abilities.
- Cozy Reading Time: When in doubt, open a book! Pick up a fall-themed book and read it together with your child. This is a wonderful way to target WH-questions, story re-telling, and sequencing skills. Books offer a holistic approach to practicing multiple speech skills simultaneously, and pairing them with the magic of the season makes learning all the more enjoyable.
This fall, let’s not only celebrate the changing leaves but also the growth in speech and language skills. Try out these engaging activities and watch your child blossom while having fun!