Theraplay, LLC  
Providing pediatric speech, occupational and developmental therapy in Lee, Harnett, Moore & surrounding counties in N.C.
135 Chatham Street, Sanford, NC 27330 | Phone 919-774-1281 | Fax 919-774-1282 
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Tip of the Month

June 2016:

There are so many fun speech activities you can do with play-doh!

1. Teach tongue placement by making tongues out of play-doh. This helps build awareness of the different parts of the tongue and provides a visual for tongue shape. 

2. Use play-doh balls on the table to illustrate syllables in multisyllabic words. The child can squish their finger into the balls as they say each syllable

3. Practice WH questions by making a few simple shapes (a ball, a snake) out of play-doh and ask questions about them. Where do you play ball? What does a snake eat?

4. Play-doh is a great behavior reinforcer too. It can keep fidgety hands busy so that children can focus on the lesson. Give a small blob to the child at the beginning of the lesson to keep it in their hand and squish it quietly while listening.


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 Ways to Encourage Good Speech and Language Skills!

Arts and Crafts:

Adults can help children develop strong language skills by incorportating arts and crafts into their everyday activites. Acitivities such as painting and drawing can give children opportunity to practice using words. In fact, research shows that arts and crafts improve children's communication
skills, sensory integration skills and visual-perceptual motor skills. Here are just some of the ways you can use art to help promote language and communication: 
  • Practice understanding/verbal expression  
  • Practice appropriate tones of voice
  • Focus on body orientation
  • Observe facial/manual gestures       
  • Use art to tell stories
  • Use art to practice labeling objects
  • Ask children to describe what they are making
  • Ask children to explain the sequence of steps they use while completing their project 
  • Place specific objects outside the child's reach so that they request  items that challenge their speech
  • Introduce new tools to expand the child's vocabulary
  • Give children art vocabulary (curvy, straight, round, wavy)
  • Stimulates senses (squeezing and smearing)
  • Increases visual memory, visual discrimination and spacial relations
  • Increases self esteem
  • Allows children to explore, discover and experiment


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