Speech Therapy Tips for Parents to Use At Home
Does your child stutter or slur their words?
As a parent of a child struggling with their speech, you may feel confused, worried, or wonder what to do? Many children have problems with speech development. Often their parents are concerned about their child’s ability to do well in school. Understandably, you may have questions about who can help?
One of the first things you can do is reach out to a professional. A speech pathologist can look for specific issues that contribute to the speech difficulty and offer tips for speech therapy at home. Your child will benefit from your continued guidance and encouragement during these engaging exercises. Don’t worry, these tips for speech therapy at home not only help in the language development but can be fun for you and your child.
6 Speech Therapy Tips for Parents at Home
- Let your child speak for themselves
Look for opportunities for your child to verbally express what they want or need using their own words. Encourage them to speak instead of using physical gestures like pointing with a finger.
- Actively listen to your child
Asking your child questions shows them you are actively listening to what they are saying. Give them the opportunity to talk about things that they like to do or their favorite toys. Be attentive and patient. Interrupting or rushing and child may create anxiety which can make the problem worse.
- Reduce background noise and keep distractions to a minimum
A lot of background noise or other distractions can discourage conversation in the home. Your child’s language development can benefit from ongoing discussions with family members.
You can model how to speak by saying a word or sounds directly to your child. Try buzz, moo, roar, or meow. This shows them how you move your mouth to make different sounds. Then, using a mirror, have your child try to make those sounds too.
Reading to your child is an essential part of language development. You may think your child is too young, however even simple books that repeat words, phrases, or even rhymes are great for their speech development. Young children can explain what pictures they see in books which strengthens their speech and confidence. You can engage your child in the story by reading dramatically or adding silly sounds.
Pick a sound that your child has trouble pronouncing. If the sound “f” is difficult for them, encourage your child to make that sound on its own. Once they are making progress with the “f” sound, add additional sounds to make syllables like “fi-fi-fi” or “fa-fa-fa”. The next exercise is using the sound to make words like “farm”. Some parents encourage this repetitive practice making it into a game or providing other positive reinforcement.
“You Can Make a Difference, & NTSOC is Here to Help”
Routinely using these speech therapy tips for parents can make a big impact on your child’s language development. With some professional guidance, you can help your child communicate and be understood.
Do you need additional speech language pathology help from a professional in an at-home or outpatient setting for your loved one? We’re here to help. Contact us today with any questions!