In this article, we provide several instructional videos that contain helpful speech therapy exercises and activities parents can perform with their child at home. This is a followup article to our recent post: Speech Therapy During the Coronavirus: A Helpful Guide
Speech therapy plays an essential role in early language development. Unfortunately, as schools and clinics continue to close across the country due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), many families have been left without access to vital speech therapy services.
Disruptions to recurring speech therapy can have a detrimental effect on your child’s progress, potentially delaying or reversing advancements they’ve been making.
The good news: it doesn’t have to.
One of the most powerful tools your child has to improve their speech and language development also happens to be their most accessible: you.
We get it: being quarantined at home all day with your child can be....taxing. But it also presents a unique opportunity to take a more active role in their progress.
If you want to learn more about why parents are so critical to helping their children reach their communication goals, read our blog: The Importance of Parental Involvement in Speech Therapy).
Daily At-Home Practice
Children learn to communicate during everyday activities and conversations - and no one spends more time with your child than you. There are many ways parents can integrate speech exercises, corrections, queues, and support into their child’s daily life.
We recently launched our new youtube series that provides short, at-home exercises on a variety of speech and language-related topics. These videos provide practicable tips parents can use with their child during everyday activities. Trying them out during play and daily routines will help parents see how small adjustments can have a big impact on their child’s development.
We’ll be releasing 1-2 videos a week on a range of relevant subjects, so please subscribe, share, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request any video topics. Here’s a few videos to get started.
1. How to Use Choices to Help Promote Early Language Development with Children
In this video, I discuss everyday techniques to help early language learners increase their language comprehension and output. Learn how parents and clients can use verbal and visual choices to help support their child’s comprehension and promote the use of new vocabulary.
2. Modeling Words to Help Promote Early Language Development
This video explains a common technique used by both speech-language pathologists and parents called Natural Language Modeling or Language Expansion. This simple, but extremely effective practice can be used with all children, with or without a language delay.
3. Using Attention to Help Promote Early Language Development
This technique is called Joint Attention, and it can help children better pick up and adopt words from other people in their environment. This is most useful when a parent and child are both interested in the same object - say a snack or toy - and each recognize the other’s interest too.
4. How to Teach Your Young Child to Follow Directions
This video explains how you can use hand gestures and visual cues to help teach your young children to follow directions. This is not only important for effective parenting - but also for your child's social and language development.
5. Using Household Items to Promote Early Language Development
Who knew that every item in your house can be used as a teaching tool? This video explains how you can use the toys and items you have at home to help your children adopt new words and expand their vocabulary.
6. How to Teach Your Young Child to Take Turns
In this video I walk through how to use hand gestures and visual cues to help teach your young children to take turns. Turn-taking is a lifelong skill that’s critical to the development of their social skills and language.
Ongoing Support For Families Impacted by COVID-19
At Expressable, we're committed to helping everyone reach their communication goals - especially during these difficult times. If you're looking for additional educational resources, or would like to learn more about connecting with a certified speech-language therapist online and from the comfort of your home, learn more here.