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This is a continuation of Part 2 of language activities to do at home to facilitate communication and interaction at home and in the community.
21. Take your child on field trips. There are many places in the St. Louis area which can provide your child with an enjoyable and enriching experience.
22. Talk about the days of the week, the month and what will be happening that day, week, or month.
23. Talk about the weather and how it looks today. Discuss what type of clothes you need to wear on the particular day.
24. As each holiday approaches, discuss what it involves and what will be happening in your home.
25. Talk about each season as it happens during the year. Show and discuss the physical changes you see.
26. Have your child say the word that finishes a riddle. “Who delivers the mail?” (mail carrier). “I bounce the ________.”
25. Read a story to your child, pausing at certain places, leaving out words; the child is to supply the missing word.
27. To teach a child to ask questions, have him ask questions, have him ask questions concerning the location of a hidden object until it is found.
28. Play descriptive games, e.g. “I Spy”. Describe an object and have the child guess what it is, e.g. I have fur, a tail, four legs, and bark.” “What am I?” (dog). Also let your child try to describe something and you guess what it is he is describing.
29. A deck of playing cards provides excellent teaching materials for matching and naming suits, pictures, numbers, and sets.
30. Listening for sounds. Have your child close his eyes and listen to the sounds going on around him. Have him verbally identify what he hears. Talk abut whether the sound is loud or soft, near or far away, high or low.
31. Play Simon Says. This gets the child to listen to commands auditorily and transfer commands to movements of body parts.
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Pam Hass, Speech Language Pathologist