In this week’s show we’ll continue with Part 2 of the podcast series I started last week explaining the guidelines I use to select therapy activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays.
To casual observers, speech therapy may look like all we’re doing is playing with a kid!
And to some degree, they’re right!! Boy, do I love this job!! 🙂
But usually, there’s a lot more going on than that… or at least there should be.
The activities we use with late talking children can significantly enhance the progress we see. When we match our activities to a child’s developmental level and strengths, and strongly consider his likes and even dislikes, we maximize that child’s participation and motivation, two very important components of an effective therapy program.
Listen here for the hierarchy of therapy activities that I’ve found works for very young children with language delays and disorders.
Today I shared lots of games and tips from my first book for parents and therapists Teach Me To Play WITH You. If you’d like to get the written instructions I referred to during the show, you can find them in that book!
If you’d like more information about planning effective therapy sessions, check out Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual. These ideas are outlined in Chapter 10 in that book and are a wonderful resource for both professionals and parents. If you’re often stuck and wonder “What should I be doing with this child?” this book will give you some great ideas!!
I also mentioned early play activities found in Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers.
All 3 of those therapy manuals can be purchased together as a set for a discount here.
Want more ideas for those early sessions? Check out this post!
GREAT toy options mentioned on the podcast:
Wild Pig Popper – super fun and USEFUL toy because the child will need you to play. There’s a movement component because he or she will need to chase down the ball and then bring it back for another turn. A winner!
Musical Instruments are fun for sitting and playing together, but honestly, I use them more for marching around the room. You’re incorporating movement, imitation, and music – what a combination!
Bowling sets are exciting and full of movement for toddlers! Don’t get upset if they won’t roll the ball. You do it or just have fun setting up and knocking down the pins in whatever way the child chooses!
If you missed the first show, go back and listen here:
Ready to move on to show #3 in this series… here it is: #297