Persuasive Speech For Speech

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SUMMER! It’s that time of year again and with that comes “summer break!”, a phrase that brings joy and a bit of nervousness for parents. As a speech language pathologist, a question heard often from families this time of year is “what can we do at home?”. We love this question, because speech practice can be done from anywhere! I wanted to share with you a few ideas that can be quick, easy, effective, and FUN.
1. Chalk
Chalk is a must-have for summer days. As a child, I can remember drawing endless hopscotch mazes in the cul-de-sac with my neighbors and racing to the finish line. Let your kids have a great time being creative and creating their own courses on the driveway, but encourage them to practice their speech sounds. For example, you or your child could write or draw pictures of speech words in each square of hopscotch, so that each time they jump on a square, they practice saying the words.
I also love tracing bodies in chalk and decorating them with funny faces, clothes, etc. This gives your child opportunity to describe the person, label items, or tell a story about what the person is doing.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are so fun and can be so beneficial for speech and language goals. For a child working on speech sounds, you could hide objects or pictures with their sound and let them find them as fast as they can! As they find them, they can say the word 5 times or describe where it is using prepositions (“under the trampoline”). They can also practice inferences or guess where the next item will be (“I think the tennis ball will be in the mailbox”). This is also fun as a “flash light scavenger hunt”. You can tape your practice words around the house and turn off the lights or hide objects outside at night-time. Hand your child a flashlight and then go find the words! They can say each word as they find them!
3. I spy
This is a favorite of mine, because it can be easily adapted to match your child’s goals, and you can never go wrong with a game of “I Spy”. For younger children who are working on building vocabulary, this will give them a chance to identify and label objects and actions around the house, playground, beach, outside, etc. This is also a great time for you to draw their

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