LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

This is a continuation of last week’s language activities to increase vocabulary and to facilitate interaction and communication.

11. Play a game of following commands such as, “Bring me the spoon and the glass.” or “Close the door and turn on the light.” This teaches your child to listen and follow directions.

12. Use prepositions to play listening games. “Put the spoon in the glass.” Put the car behind the chair.” Where is the car?” “Put the cup between the forks.”

13. Hide objects in the room and have your child tell where he/she found them.

14. Help your child learn colors, shapes, and sizes by talking about objects in his/her everyday world. “This is a big, red, ball.” “It is round and it bounces.”

15. Take turns talking about things as you do them: “I am stirring.” “You are washing.” “I am dancing.” “We are shopping.”

16. Talk about how foods taste, look, feel, smell and sound as you eat them.

17. Count things as you do them, like buttoning, climbing steps, and setting the table.

18. Collect a box of junk. Take turns guessing what is in the box by the way it feels (close your eyes of course) or by the way it sounds when it is shaken or banged on the side.

19. Using measuring spoons, measuring cups, bowls and cans, put them in order from small to large and talk about which one is the smallest, biggest, and in the middle.

20. Play songs. Sing with your child. Nursery rhymes and simple songs build vocabulary and grammar.

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Pamela Hass
Speech Language Pathologist

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

1. Show your child pictures of animals and vehicles and talk about what sounds they make.
2. Use your child’s name when talking to him and teach him/her his/her full name.
3. Teach your child body parts. Look in the mirror and have him/her point out and name eyes, ears, hair, etc. Also have him wash and name different body parts during bath time.
4. Point out and name objects when you are doing the shopping or driving in the car. This expands your child’s vocabulary.
5. Help your child learn the names and functions of common objects like spoon, ball, pencil, etc. Ask, “What do you throw?”
6. Encourage your child to ask questions and tell what he/she wants. Frequently, children will point or gesture to indicate their needs.
7. Talk together about pictures in books or magazines. Name things, tell about what is happening and what might happen next and compare things in the picture with things that have happened in your child’s experiences.
8. Play sorting games and sort socks, colors, silverware, blocks, clothing, etc.
9. Talk about concepts such as bigger, smaller, more, less, soft, rough, hard, few, many, beginning, end, first, last, long, short, fat, thin, wet, dry, etc.
10. Encourage your child to play with other children. Social interaction is good language stimulation. Dress-up, house, and cars and trucks usually involve talking and role playing with each other.

Please go to www.interactivetherapy.net for more information.

Pam Hass, Speech Language Pathologist, Interactive Therapy Inc