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Incorporating Speech Therapy Techniques into Daily Routines: A Practical Guide for Parents

Speech and language skills are crucial to a child’s development. They underpin learning, social interaction, and emotional well-being. When a child struggles with these skills, it can feel daunting for parents – but help is at hand. Speech therapy techniques can be seamlessly integrated into everyday routines, making therapy more manageable and less intimidating. At Dynamics, we firmly believe in a Family approach to therapy, Here’s a practical guide for parents on how to do just that.

1. Morning Chats

Starting the day with a casual conversation is a great way to incorporate speech therapy into your child’s routine. While helping them get ready for the day, encourage your child to express their thoughts about the upcoming day, what they dreamt about, or how they’re feeling. This can stimulate language development and improve articulation.

2. Mealtime Conversations

Meal times are excellent opportunities for speech practice. Encourage your child to talk about their food – its taste, texture, color, and smell. Ask open-ended questions like, “Why do you think apples are crunchy?” or “How is the taste of broccoli different from carrots?” This encourages expressive language and vocabulary expansion.

3. Read Together

Reading is a valuable activity for speech and language development. Make it a daily habit to read together, pausing occasionally to discuss the story, explain new words, and ask questions. Encourage your child to predict what might happen next or to retell the story in their own words.

4. Play with Purpose

Many traditional games, like ‘I Spy,’ ‘Simon Says,’ and ’20 Questions,’ are excellent for reinforcing speech and language skills. Incorporate these games into playtime, and remember to model correct pronunciation and sentence structure. Toys that encourage pretend play, like dolls, action figures, or a toy kitchen, can also promote language development.

5. Daily Chores

Turn chores into opportunities for speech practice. Whether you’re folding laundry, setting the table, or tidying up toys, narrate what you’re doing and encourage your child to do the same. This can help build vocabulary and sentence structure.

6. Bedtime Stories

Bedtime is another opportunity for reading and conversation. Ask your child to recall the highlights of their day or to tell a make-believe story. This can improve memory recall, sequencing skills, and narrative skills.

7. Use Technology

There are numerous apps and digital resources that can support your child’s speech therapy (see our previous blog post: Using Technology to Enhance Speech Therapy: An Exploration of Apps and Tools). Try to incorporate these into your daily routine.

8. Consistency is Key

Consistency is crucial in speech therapy. Try to incorporate these techniques into your daily routine and make them a regular part of your child’s day. Remember, progress may be slow, but any progress is positive.

Closing Thoughts

Remember, you are your child’s best role model. Speaking clearly, listening attentively, and responding positively can greatly support your child’s speech and language development. If your child attends speech therapy sessions, coordinate with the therapist to ensure that the techniques you’re using at home align with their therapy goals.

Speech therapy doesn’t have to be a chore – with a little creativity, it can be woven seamlessly into your daily routine. By doing so, you’re providing your child with the consistent practice they need to improve their speech and language skills. If you need extra support helping you child with their speech, language, and communication, our amazing team of Speech Therapists is here to help. Contact us for an appointment.

Post Author: Ori Sasson