Speech and Language Activities at Home
If your child struggles with an impairment, it’s important to incorporate speech and language activities into daily life. One of the most important parts of your child’s IEP are the personalized goals.
Parents should make sure that they have a deep understanding of their child’s goals at school. Also, they need to be aware of what supports are available. Then, they can begin working on those goals at home, too, using some of the same supports.
Ways to Incorporate Speech and Language Activities at Home
Yes, goals are written for and measured in the school setting, usually against grade-level expectations. However, there is no reason why you can’t work on speech and language activities at home! Set aside a designated time to engage in any kind of speech and language activities that support IEP goals. Have a way to visually track your child’s progress as you go. This can be as simple as a sticker chart or checklist on the refrigerator. Your child will become more engaged in the process if they have a way to see their progress.
For a student with articulation goals, this can be as simple and reviewing homework or words that feature the target sound that the child is working on. For a non-verbal or minimally verbal child, this means that low-tech communication devices (communication folders, picture exchange) are sent home showing picture representation of at-home communication needs.
For a child with weak language, story time is a fantastic way to review language goals. During story time…
- review vocabulary by asking questions: What is this called? What do you do with it?
- test comprehension by asking questions: Who? What? Where? When?
- ask your child to predict story outcomes: What do you think will happen next? Why did that happen?
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