Are you looking for ways to spruce up a room in your home to make it functional and fun for your child, while also promoting speech-language learning and progression? Here are some great ideas and tips to create the perfect speech room right in your home!
Create a relaxing, not distracting, environment
Make sure there are not too many over-stimulating visuals around the room. A few pictures are totally fine; ones with animals or shapes and colors would be good to place around the room on the walls to promote gesturing, learning, labeling. If you are looking for some basic, educational wall art for your child’s room, shop here.
Books, books, books!
Depending on the age of your child, always have age-appropriate books. You can dedicate a corner of the room as a “quite space” and place a comfy rug, pillows, and blankets in the corner. Put in a bookshelf or bins with books in the corner. It is very important that children, no matter what age, at least associate with books. Some of my favorite books are: Pete the Cat series, Giraffes Can’t Dance, There is an Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly, Hungry Caterpillar, First 100 Words, Where the Wild Things Are, Amelia Bedelia, Press Here, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Get some language learning toys
Some toys promote language learning and production more than others. Here are some of my go-to’s: Mr. Potato Head, Melissa and Doug sound puzzles, Farm animals and Barn, Bubbles, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hedbanz Game, Apples to Apples Junior, Pass the Pigs, Jumping Jack, Playskool kitchen set, Melissa and Doug sticker pads. If you have an IPad or tablet for your child, here are some good apps/games to download: Word Vault, Articulation Station, ArtikPix, Conversation Therapy, Let’s Be Social, Sensory CineVox, Talking Ginger, and Peekaboo Barn.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are good for children to engage in because it promotes imagination and creativity along with associating actions with language. It is a good idea to have another corner set aside for crafts, with a table and chairs and crafting supplies ready at hand. Some good craft items to have: cardstock, foam stickers, glue, crayons, markers, paper plates, washable paint, paint dotters, googly eyes, yarn, construction paper, pipe cleaners, scissors, and paper bags.
Finally, these are some of my go to resources that I use daily. Mommyspeechtherapy.com has a lot of at home worksheets to use for children who need help with articulation/phonology. Teacherspayteachers.com has a ton of activities/ideas/crafts for all ages and all areas. Some are free, others you have to pay for. There are a ton of good free ones! You can print the activities out and do them in your child’s “Speech Room” at home.
If you still have questions about how to make your home speech-friendly, ask any of the SLPs at Jones!
Andria DeStefano, M.S. CFY-SLP