7 Speech Therapy Techniques to Try at Home: tips and trick from a speech therapist.
Today, we’re diving into the world of speech therapy, where we’ll unlock some fun and effective techniques that you can try in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re a parent looking to support your child’s speech development or an individual seeking to enhance your communication skills, these speech therapy techniques will have you chattering away like a pro. So, grab your vocal cords and let’s get started!
The Silly Sound Safari
Select a letter of the alphabet as the focus for your alliteration activity. Let’s say we choose the letter “B.” Brainstorm as many words as you can that start with the chosen letter. Encourage creativity and think of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and more. For “B,” you might come up with words like “butterfly,” “bouncy,” “bright,” “banana,” “bounce,” and so on. Challenge each other to create sentences or short phrases using as many words that start with the chosen letter as possible. For example, “Bobby the bouncy bunny bounced by the big blue bus.” See who can come up with the most creative and silly sentences.
Charades with a Twist
Who said speech therapy can’t be a game? Put a twist on the classic charades game by focusing on communication skills. Instead of acting out words, mime and use gestures to convey them. Encourage your family or friends to guess the word solely based on your non-verbal cues. This game helps build expressive language skills and non-verbal communication abilities.
Storytelling Spectacular: Time to unleash your inner storyteller! Choose a favourite book or create your own imaginative tale. As you narrate the story, emphasise and exaggerate key words and phrases. This technique helps improve vocabulary and expression. Repeating the same story lots of times helps our word learning. Plus, it adds an extra sprinkle of fun to the storytelling experience!
Who doesn’t love belting out their favourite tunes? Singing along to songs not only brings joy, but also supports speech development. Choose songs with catchy lyrics and melodies and encourage sing-alongs. Singing helps with breath control, pronunciation, and pitch modulation. So, turn up the volume and let your voice soar!
Puppet Pal Playtime
Enter the world of puppetry and let your puppet pals take the stage! Use hand puppets or create your own with socks and markers. Engage in conversations between different puppets, giving each one a unique voice and personality. This technique promotes language expression, listening skills, and turn-taking in conversations.
As supporters of creative arts therapies, we couldn’t forget to include an artistic twist in our speech therapy techniques! Encourage the use of visual aids like drawings, paintings, or collages to facilitate communication. Illustrate words or concepts, create visual schedules, or craft storyboards to support narrative skills. Engaging in art while practising speech therapy adds an element of creativity and fun.
And there you have it, fellow chatterboxes! These seven speech therapy techniques provide a perfect blend of entertainment and speech development.
Remember, speech therapy doesn’t have to be all serious and sombre. By incorporating these techniques into your daily routine, you’ll enhance your communication skills while having a blast.
If you’re looking to explore the world of speech therapy further or are seeking professional guidance, reach out to us at Creative Therapy Adelaide. Our team of experienced speech therapists combines expertise with a creative approach to help you or your loved ones achieve speech and language goals. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation, or to find out more about our services. Unleash your inner chatterbox with Creative Therapy Adelaide today!
To learn more about speech therapy and unleash your communication potential, send us a message here or give us a call at (08) 7080 4618. Our team of experienced therapists at Creative Therapy Adelaide are ready to help you embark on an exciting journey towards better speech and language skills.