Many parents fall into the trap of feeling as if they have to purchase an entire toy store to be able to administer the Lidcombe program well. Following on from my last blog, here are a few more activities that can be done while administering Lidcombe without breaking the bank.
Read Low cost activities to engage children in the Lidcombe Program to learn more about what Lidcombe is and to some other activities for your children.
Color me speech
The internet is full of great coloring in materials that can be printed and used as part of speech practice. Make sure to choose a theme that your child enjoys, whether it is Princesses, Star Wars, The Wiggles or Paw Patrol. This will add an extra incentive to the coloring fun. Add speech by getting your child to tell you what he or she is going to color next and which color they want to use.
If you already have a wooden fishing set then this game is even easier to set up. Just write different numbers to signify points on the back of different wooden fish (e.g. 50, 25, 100). Play the game just as you would normally by trying to catch the wooden fish with the magnetised rod however as each player catches a fish, they have to read out the number of points they earned so a score keeper can keep track of how many they have earned. The winner is the player with the most earned points at the end. If you don’t have a wooden fishing set, an alternative would be to print out pictures of fish, cut them out and place a staple in the middle of each fish. Write the number of points on the back of each fish print out. You can make a fishing rod out of a magnet glued to a piece of string, which is tied onto the end of a pencil. The magnet will pick up the stapes so you can collect the fish just as you would with a wooden fishing set.
If none of these games appeals to your child, try using what you already have and add on a new twist. For example, you can throw a ball to each other and as each person catches the ball, they have to name something they can see around them. Get creative and you can turn any game into a conversation.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have questions about language activities, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.