5 fun activities that improve speech and articulation :
Blowing bubbles through straws in different capacity containers.
Sucking sugar-free lollipops.
Blowing different kinds of whistles . @talktool have a wonderful assortment ( see photo).
Bite down on baby chewing toys . ( like vibrating tethers ).
Make tongue movements : Putting peanut butter on his lips so he had to use his tongue to lick it off or looking in the mirror while moving his tongue , and putting a sugar free M&M sized sweet in his mouth and getting him to move it from side to side with his tongue.
Doing these activities on a daily basis is the key to success.
In this post I’ve gathered different resources that I found helpful through the years, some can be made at home with a bit of effort and others can be purchased on a small budget.
Resources for hand-eye coordination :
Hitting a ball hanging from the ceiling ,bunting the ball ,catching it /hitting with a plastic tennis racket
hitting a ball
For the following resource you would need a tennis ball, tweezers and small pieces of paper:
Get a standard tennis ball, cut it in the middle and them crunch small pieces of paper at the side.
Ask your child to hold the ball with one hand .opening the ‘mouth of the ball’ and with the other hand insert the pieces of paper using the
Tennis ball eye -hand coordination
Throwing balls into a bucket- you could use a small ping-pong ball or tennis ball together with a small bucket you can find at home, I have used different types of textures sizes hardness and colors to add another layer to the sensory input.
Prickly pile up- was a hit in my household when each boy in his turn tried to “pile up” another hedgehog on top of the others making sure they keep “hanging on”
Resources for Spatial awareness :
Spinning – the feeling of spinning around and getting used to the movement is very important in the way the child develop the spatial awareness this could be done with a desk chair or with the ‘Astronaut board’ below as part of the program.
Directionality : drawing arrows ,mazes and following the direction with arrows helps understanding directionality as your child will physically add the arrows where appropriate.
Wooden blocks: Here are some examples for possible structures, the child might find it overwhelming at the beginning so I would recommend to start with an easy setup
Parquetry blocks – geometrical shapes that can be sorted in as part of a picture or pattern
“Thinkfun pathwords” – word game good for spatial orientation , directionality etc..
There are few other games from ‘Think fun’ which also contribute to directionality and spatial orientation .
Q-bitz: a visual challenge game.
Resources for writing :
Pelican pencils , tried a variety of pencil grip but found the pelican pencil the best for my kids as its stable and sturdy.
There are many resources out there which are aimed at helping children in learning to write . I have tried some which combine music and learning but I have found out that there is a set of basic skills a child has to have before he or she are ready to write.
The visual skills are focusing , tracking and teaming making sure both eyes are working together to be able to learn to write .When the child is ‘Ready to learn’ I found ‘writing without tears’ to be a good resource.
Oral resources to help in articulation and speech :
Chewy necklaces and Ark grabber both are chewy but the arc is thicker and helps in jaw movement, tongue movement, and oral exploration.
mouthing, and oral motor development.
Blowing and making bubbles using different size of straws
Blowing a variety of balloons from different sizes and shapes
Baby chewy toys
Sucking non sugar lollies (organic lollipops)helps to develop the muscles in our mouth
Using a mirror moving the tongue in circles after putting fruity lip-balm / putting one lip over the other sucking lips inwards and pulling tongue out
Using electric tooth brush on the lips for sensory input
Speech and Language :
Games for WH questions : super duper publications have got a verity of games for Speach and language
Auditory workout App: this is a wonderful application designed for children with auditory processing disorder .
Learning to sequence : 6 set scene game by ‘Carson Dellosa’ publishing
Social stories : creating social stories . I created some , one of them appears on Amazon , it was a story dealing with friendship and competition brother rivalry and relationship I offer it for FREE on this page.
Black sheep publications offer games that help in problem solving , imagination and prediction.
Tell tale – card game that encourage imagination and creativity together with communication skills.
What a performance – perform a variety of noises, actions and activities to help children express themselves in a unique way.
Metronome- clapping hands at the right rhyhem and developing awareness to sound and music.
‘Loopz Shifter’ game : An action memory game that used light and sounds to help in memorizing the steps.
Floortime therapthy – There is a lot I can say about it but if I have to say it in one sentence I would say “follow the child’s lead”