Many of my patients and parents of younger patients will return after their first speech pathology session and report that they were unable to complete their speech homework. The most common reason is often a lack of time to complete the tasks or a lack of toys and games to incorporate into therapy. In light of this, I have decided to start a blog series with tips about how to integrate speech pathology homework into your everyday routine using common items that you can find around the house.
Here are a few tips for therapy targeted at improving speech sounds:
- Five to ten minutes of speech drills are manageable when you incorporate them into your routine. This could be done during your shower time in the morning or evening, in the car on the commute to work, between breakfast and brushing your teeth of a morning or during a tea break at work. The more embedded within your daily routine a task is, the greater the chance of it being completed regularly. This is the same when working on speech with children. Incorporating speech just before homework time, on the drive to school or in the morning after breakfast are some ideas to make the homework happen.
- If you are limited by resources, choosing materials and toys to work with is a good time to get creative. The internet has plenty of online speech resources available. One great website for downloading activity packs is ‘teachers pay teachers’. Plenty of the resources available are free to download and print off for personal use and made specifically for speech homework.
- It isn’t always essential to have extra materials when working on speech homework as long as you know the sound goal you are targeting and can think on your feet. For example, if you are practising the ‘s’ sound at the start of words on the way to drop off your child to school, you can play the ‘I Spy’ game with words starting with ‘s’. That way the child can look around for the target words instead of using a toy or picture cards, and you can still get good examples like ‘street’, ‘sky’ or ‘sign’. The same can be done for adults however instead of the ‘I Spy’ game you can just list as many as you can remember off the top of your head during the drive.
No matter how busy you are, there is always at least 5 minutes in the day somewhere, to fit in speech homework. Just remember a little bit of effort in the short term has great long-term benefits especially for children not just with speech but also with literacy development.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.