Speech-Language Tips

August 2011: Back to School 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:12:38 PM
August 2011: Back to school! This is an important time to review your child’s IEP and discuss your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and unique needs with her current teachers. You may want to review the accommodations, your child’s goals, and how to best help your child be confident and communicate her wants and needs.  

Open Ended Questions and Statements vs. Yes/No Questions 

Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:24:17 PM

July 2011: Do you want your child to tell you more than yes and no. Use open ended questions and statements rather than yes/no questions to facilitate expressive language. For example, you can say, “Tell me about camp today” rather than “Did you have fun at camp today?” This allows your child to formulate and express his thoughts and provides you an opportunity to expand on what he says.

Core Vocabulary 

Friday, June 03, 2011 1:28:59 PM
Core vocabulary: Many children have limited expressive communication and few words. Core vocabulary consists of the most frequently used words in the English language, and the 100 most frequently occurring words account for 60% of total communicated words. Teaching core vocabulary increases the power of communication for people with limited vocabularies. Imagine Speech will be providing speech-language tips on a monthly basis for the time being. Have a great summer!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month 

Friday, May 06, 2011 1:19:27 PM

May is better Speech and Hearing month! Are you looking for creative spring time activities? Decorate a flower pot with your child, plant seeds, water, and watch flowers grow. Talk about how the soil feels, what the pot looks like, and how big the seeds are. Make predictions about what will happen to the seeds. This activity teaches descriptive vocabulary and prediction skills.  

Pretend Play and Role Playing 

Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:16:11 PM

Are you working on increasing play skills? Pretend play and role playing are excellent ways to practice social interaction and abstract play skills. Re-create a familiar routine such as going to the grocery store and role play the costumer and cashier. Role playing offers opportunities to use imagination and to take on another person’s perspective.   

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