Parents, are you afraid that your child will forget
everything they’ve learned over the summer break? Including what they’ve learned in
speech-language therapy? It’s pretty common
for students to leave the school building at the end of May without taking with them some of the knowledge and skills we’ve worked hard all school year to teach them. If you want ideas to maintain
their articulation skills, below are some suggestions provided by a school
- Ask for a current word
list with your child’s target sounds from your child’s speech-language
pathologist at school. It can be
words or pictures of the words. You
can also “Google” or search online (or in dictionaries if you’re old school
for word lists with their target sounds.
Remember, their sounds can be found in different positions of the
words (initial, medial, final).
Make copies of the pictures of the words. If you are given written words, your
child can draw what they think the word would “look” like and make copies
of their drawings, or again, you can search for your own pictures online,
in magazines, etc. After you make
several copies, color your pictures and cut them out. With these cut outs, you can play “Go
Fish”, matching/memory games, “Bingo”, etc. You can also incorporate these pictures
into family game night (ex. If your child rolls a 5 on the dice, he has to
say 5 words correctly before he can take his turn at Monopoly).
- Go for a scavenger
hunt. Try to find as many items on
your list as possible while discussing the target words.
- Make a craft. Flip through magazines, newspapers,
comic books, etc. and find pictures or words that include your child’s
speech sounds. Cut them out,
highlight them, underline them, and make a collage. You can modge podge a flower pot, a
folder for their speech words, etc.
The sky’s the limit!!
- Leave copies in your
car. As you’re driving your child
can practice. Making this a habit
all school year is a good idea too!
- Keep a word journal. Every day, give your child a new speech
word that includes his sound. If
your child is unfamiliar with the word’s meaning-look it up! Write the definition, a silly sentence,
and draw a picture! If your child
is too young to write, let him trace the word and then draw the picture
after he tells you a sentence or something about the word.
- Finally, keep a sticker
chart. This is a great visual tool
that I use in my classroom to keep track of who completes their homework
on a regular basis. For example,
every day your child completes their speech homework, they get a
sticker. In my classroom, once
their chart is full, I let them pick a prize out of my treasure box! You will know what motivates your child,
so you can decide/negotiate what his prize will be. Maybe it’s a special snack, a trip to
the movies, or a new toy! Whatever
works with you!
Remember to consult with your child’s SLP regarding what
speech sounds to target and at what level your child is working at. They are a great resource for ideas over
summer break. They can also supply
materials, worksheets, etc. Hopefully,
these ideas will make speech homework more enjoyable!
Sydney Page M.S.,