Bringing your child to Speech Therapy and actively participating is wonderful - but what can you be doing at home if your little one has a speech delay? Here are a few things to try:
Become your child’s narrator. Constantly talk to them about what they’re doing and seeing. Narrate their daily routines, like bath time, meal time, getting dressed, etc. For example, during bath time you can say, “We are washing! Get soap. Wash your feet, wash your hands,” and so on. Become a chatterbox.
Engage in vocal play with your child. When they’re young, respond to their babbling with similar patterns. It feels silly, but it’s beneficial. You can also change your pitch and volume, or even the sounds that they’re making, to encourage them to imitate you. Taking turns during vocal play is great because it’s an easy, early way to teach conversational turn-taking.
Play routine and finger games with your child. What are those? Things like peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, itsy bitsy spider, wheels on the bus and other similar songs and games. If, during play, your child doesn’t spontaneously imitate your actions, you can help them by providing hand-over-hand assistance.
Play alongside your child. Every kid absolutely loves when his or her parents get down on their level and get involved in a game. This is a great time to label exactly what you’re doing, or what your child is doing. You can’t talk to much - even if it feels silly!
Read to your child each day. Make this part of your daily routine, and make sure to talk extra about the objects and actions in the book. There is no better way than this to encourage talking!
Do you have concerns about how much your child is talking? Please give us a call to set up a consultation with one of our Speech-Language Pathologists!