By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
My name is Suzy and I’m a speech-language pathologist and new advisor to the Cape Cod Mommies! I am also the mom to a happy, active and spunky 3-year old girl. In my blog posts I hope to share my knowledge about speech and language paired with my experience as a parent. I will touch on topics like speech and language development, activity ideas and tips/tricks. If you have any questions specific to speech and language or if you have a topic you would like me to blog about, please feel free to e-mail me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s post will touch on two of my favorite topics – summertime and speech/language!
It is summertime and everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, playing outside and trying to find ways to stay cool! But, it’d still important to think about speech and language skills during the summer. Whether you are off to the beach or playing in the yard there are many easy ways to build in speech and language activities into the day.
The beach is a great place to explore, learn and play. While you are there, try some of these speech and language activities:
~ Give/follow directions while playing “Simon Says” in the water
~ Take a walk along the beach and talk about the shells & sea-life you find
~ Pick up some of the things you find on your walk and use your describing words to talk about them (wet/dry, rough/smooth, hard/soft, color words, etc..)
~ Jump into some imaginary play while building sand castles
~ Grab a stick and practice writing letters/words in the sand
~ Have a beach scavenger hunt for objects containing your child’s target speech sounds (ex: find all of the things at the beach that start with “k”)
~ Bring your summer reading books and relax on a towel while reading
~Work on pragmatic/social language while making new friends at the beach
When you are hanging out in the yard there are still plenty of ways to work on speech and language skills:
~ Count all of the different color flowers you can find
~Watch the clouds and point out ones that are shaped like
things you know
~Collect rocks, sticks and leaves from the yard and glue
them on paper to create a collage
~ Break out the sidewalk chalk and draw/write
~ Set up a lemonade stand to work on social skills and
However you decide to stay cool this summer, I hope you
find some cool ways to work on speech and language skills too!
Cape Cod Moms