Speech and Language activities
There are lots of ways to aid your child's speech and language whilst at home. Activities such as reading books, singing nursery rhymes and playing games can help to develop your child's speaking, listening and understanding skills.
You could also:
You could also:
- Play 'i spy' - you can play this with spying colours, numbers, sounds, or even adjectives - 'I spy something smooth' or 'I spy something beginning with a s sound'.
- Place some toys on the floor and ask your child to point to the toy that is behind another, next to another, in front of another. Then swap over and get your child to ask you questions.
- Play ‘ready, steady, go’ games, such as rolling a car down a ramp or blowing bubbles. Build up the anticipation by saying ‘ready…….. steady……’ slowly, and waiting for your child to look at you before saying ‘go!’
- Give instructions whilst colouring such as colour the star red and the leaf blue, draw a hat on the sun and cross the arrow.
- Oak National Academy - Alongside the national lessons, the Oak National Academy has an area dedicated to children with addition needs - this has a section that includes speech and language development.
- Bedfordshire's NHS Speech & Language website - This website has lots of advice, information and resources for children aged 2 - 16. It has lots of useful resources available to download including things like a now and next board, speech sound development wheel.
- Bedfordshire's NHS Speech & Language Facebook page - this page has a weekly focus, covering a range of speech, language and communication related topics. They post daily tips and advice linked to the different elements within speech, language and communication.
- Pobble365 - This website has a different picture everyday, you could ask you child what happens next or what has happened before. Make a story up together. This doesn't have to be written, you could just talk about it, act it out or draw a picture linked to it.
- The Communication Trust - This website has lots of different ideas and also some advice on the different areas of speech and language.
- Speech and Language Kids - This website has downloadable resources that are free.
- Apps such as Caribu allow you to read a story via video link so a friend or relative could read a story to your child whilst they look at the pages.