- Autism & Developmental Services
Written By: Michelle E. Sisto, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD CAS
The best forms of therapy happen all around us. Children learn best when they are engaged and enjoying the activity. Communication is at the heart of every activity and interaction that involves your child. By using the world around them, to engage them and teach them these skills, they can then learn to use those skills independently, within their natural environment.
Play teaches children to learn how to react to different variables within their environment. Play also fosters creativity, imagination, and fun, which all lends themselves to the promotion of these early developing skills. Play also allows for children to learn important life skills, such as turn taking and problem solving. The beauty of play is that it is easy, fun, and can work toward doing speech therapy within the home environment.
Below are some of my favorite play based activities that can be easily transferred from the speech and language session into the natural home environment:
Who doesn’t love play doh?! Play doh is an activity with endless possibilities! Adults can work to facilitate the completion of directions and requests. Children can request different colored play doh and different cookie cutters/accessories to use. They can work on following action based directions, such as pull, squish, open, give, and push. Additionally, play doh also facilitates pretend play that increases imagination through pretending to bake with the play doh or make animals with the play doh.
Along with toys and play based activities, there are also seasonal based activities that are perfect for speech and language development. Here are just a few of my favorites!
Communication is all around us. Play and daily activities are some of the best ways to facilitate this communication and promote these important skills. Communication happens all day, every day, which makes every moment the perfect opportunity to incorporate speech therapy at home!
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