HOW TO DO SPEECH THERAPY AT HOME FOR CHILDREN
In analyzing speech therapy for children, you must take cognizance that the charming speech — and kooky mistakes — of the typical 3-year-old are a wonder to behold. Sometimes their silly sentences and words are accidental (“It was gigantormous!”). Sometimes your little linguist will concoct wild words just because they’re so much fun to say (“I’m making gorgorolla mud pancakes for you!”). This evidence of your child’s growing proficiency with the English language should be music to your ears!
What sounds like nonsense coming from your preschooler’s lips is actually a sophisticated kind of language experimentation. He might call his little brother a “pootie” or say, “Look at that prettyful flower.” He may call a fountain a “crash water,” an invented term that’s really pretty clear. These creative concoctions crop up more often as he develops better language skills.
Now that he knows how words are supposed to sound and how sentences are supposed to be put together, he begins to play around with new combinations. “There’s a wacky macrackey who lives under my pillow.” This wordplay — often combining real and nonsense words — is a lot of fun for preschoolers.
They’ll try to make you laugh as they dream up better material. Play along with them and invent some of your own. Instead of serving macaroni and cheese for dinner, set “pumpkin blooey” in front of them. In speech therapy for children, you don’t need to force them, but instead, gradually tell them the right word while playing with them with their own words.
All these manipulations of sounds and words now will give your child a leg up as he learns to read. (And if you haven’t introduced Dr. Seuss’s silly wordplay yet, do!)
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