It really can be as easy as this next My Obstacle Course station activity that I am going to tell you about! When Andrew goes to speech, we usually get a sheet of words, mostly with pictures, to take home to practice.
My apologies to the maker of this sheet but as it is, it is not very exciting and I found it difficult to motivate my child to want to practice this at home as is. I know this can be much more fun without a great deal of effort and so I decided to just cut apart the pictures and turn it more into a game to see if that made a difference.
These cards can be saved, mixed and matched for reinforcement purposes.
One station activity was simply turning them over and having him choose one to flip and say 5 times.
This could be combined with the carpet runner to create a “Say and Crawl” station. He could flip a card say it 5 times, crawl down the runner and place it into a cup/bowl/bucket/whatever!
Another station activity we’ve done with putting the pictures into a cup, having him reach in, choose one and say it 5 times.Â He even turned this activity into more of a game by finding a place to hide the picture after he was done saying it. I did not mind this one bit because he came running back to pick a new word to say so he could hide another one.
Any time I can get him excited about practicing something that he struggles with is something that I get excited about, especially when it is as simple and basic as this!!
Note: If your child’s attention span or frustration level can only handle less, choose an amount that works for them and spread it out.
Engage, Encourage and Empower!