Michelle Foye, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language
& Learning Services, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
Children who have been identified with speech-language impairments have likely established nonstandard patterns of speaking or have deficits that will require extra attention and training to improve. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) working with you and your child should serve as a “coach” to provide you with activities or homework to reinforce newly established skills and to strengthen emerging skills. One or two sessions a week is not enough, and your involvement in carryover activities is crucial to your child’s communication development. Talk with your SLP about activities and games you can use at home to help.
Some things that may help your child’s language development include:
- Book sharing — Take turns holding the book and turning the pages, talk about the pictures, talk about the story, look for letters and words that are new to your child.
- Talk with your child — During daily activities (doing laundry, doing dishes, buying groceries, bath time, etc.), give your child a job and talk while you work together.
For children with speech difficulties:
- Provide quiet “talk time” each day to give them a turn, uninterrupted, to share ideas and stories with you.
- Talk to your child face to face so that they can see how you move your tongue and lips to form sounds. Your example helps them to improve their talking skills.