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Summertime Language

With the start of summer
just around the corner, I thought it would be great to expand on the great post
that Sanaz has posted on talking with your children. I think that the summer
time lends itself to be a great time to really build upon language with your
children. There are so many sites to see and things to talk about with your
kiddos.

http://textimages.us/summertime01.htm

One incentive I have in
my therapy room is that if the kids come back with a story to tell me about
playing outside or a book they had read over the summer, they get a sticker to
put on their sticker chart (more on reward chart systems later!). I love to
motivate my students to get outside and be active.
Parents (of the little
ones) often ask me, “How can I work on language with my child over the
summer?”. Well, I think that playing outside with your child is one of the
greatest experiences you can give a child especially in this day and age where
our culture is so technology focused.
To add onto Sanaz’s post
about expanding child language, I’ve made a chart of some words to work on
while you are outside with your children. One of my favorite ways to work on
language, whether it be using words/signs/pictures, is to build in “ready, set,
(go)” into the activity. For example when sliding down the slide, hold onto
your child’s legs and say “ready set”. Wait until they say/sign “go” before you
let go and allow them to slide down.

Slide
Up
Down
Ready, set, (go)
More slide
Fast/slow
Swing
Stop
Go
Higher
More swing
Fast/slow
Play structure
Climb
Jump
Up
Down
Help
Ball
Catch
Throw
Roll
My turn
Your turn
Bubbles
Pop
Blow
Big/small (bubbles)
More bubbles
Catch
Playing outside
Run
Jump
Hop
Help
All done

Hope this gives you a few
ideas on words to use with your child when playing outside to help promote
their language development!
Have a great summer
everyone!!

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