Reinforcing Speech Language Skills
in kindergarten through fourth grade keep their written work in speech
folders. The speech folders are kept in the speech therapy room. We
generally do not send papers home, since a lot of our work in speech is
oral. We like for the students to keep their minimal written inside of
their speech folders for us to review and use during our therapy
sessions. However, if you are interested in helping your child with
speech goals at home, please contact us. Depending on the goals we are
working on, we may be able to send home worksheets that target our IEP
goals. Also, we may be able to suggest activities you can do at home to
reinforce our speech goals.
most important thing you can do to reinforce better speech and language
skills is to read with your child! Ask questions about what they have
read. "Wh" questions (who, what, when where, why) will increase their
comprehension skills. Critical stance questions (questions that help
children think beyond the story, i.e.- What would the character have
done if... How would you have solved the problem... Why do you think
the character did this...) help your children develop critical thinking
children with specific sound problems, remember to be
patient. Sometimes children can produce the sounds perfectly in speech
therapy, but still have difficulty producing their newly learned sounds
in their everyday conversation. When your child pronounces something
incorrectly, continue to model the correct production for them.
Emphasize how you move your lips or tongue to make the target sound and
try to have them repeat you, but never to the point of frustration.
Point out common error sounds in words when you are reading for
enjoyment. This will increase their awareness of the sound(s) in print.
Working with your child at home will greatly influence progress in speech, as we only see them for a limited time each week.