By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
On both rainy days and sunny days, one of our favorite places to visit is the library! We are fortunate to have two libraries here in Plymouth that both offer a variety of programs for children to take advantage of. We frequent story time at the main library, which often also includes songs, games and crafts. In addition to story time, our library boasts a play area and computers with educational programming. All of these activities add up to an awesome, fun-filled few hours at the library!
Here are some ways you can foster speech/language skills through a trip to the library with your child.
· Pick a theme (maybe something you already did this summer or something your child is looking forward to doing) and find books about it – for example, if you are going on a whale watch with your child, look for books about whales and other ocean-life
· Build some background knowledge by finding out what your child already knows about the topic and then expand on this through reading together to gather more information.
· Read some books together at the library and take some others home with you to enjoy later
· Help your child learn about how the books are organized and have him/her help you find certain books you are looking for (“This book is going to be in the ‘J’ section, can you look for the letter J?”)
· Build your child’s literacy skills by talking about what an author and illustrator are and showing your child how to find the name of the author and illustrator in the books your read
· If your library has a play area, let your child explore and encourage him/her to build social skills by making new friends and interacting with other children in the play area
· If you have a question about where to find a book, have your child ask the librarian him/herself
I hope you and your child find some new books and have fun exploring all of the great things to offer at your local library!
Does your child receive speech therapy at school during the school year but not during the summer?
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