If you’re not sure where to start with Special Time please refer to the Top Tips for Making your 5 Minutes success here https://helencaiels.co.uk/top-tips-for-language/
- Be face-to-face – so your child can see what you’re saying and how you’re making the sounds with your mouth. NB this does not mean making your child look, but create opportunities for face watching by:
- Sitting opposite your child, being at their level and in the ‘listening space’.
- Give extra silence whilst they play and only talk when they face watch and stop when they look away.
- In play, offer a choice of activities that ‘happen’ to have lots of words with a specific sound that they are finding difficult. For example, for a child that has difficulty with ‘f’ sounds you could have a ‘farm’ or book on ‘farms’ that has a ‘fox’, ‘food’, ‘frog’ and you can ‘feed the animals’ or they may ‘fly’. This creates lots of opportunities for your child to hear and see how the sound is made in the words. Again, they do not need to copy you. Children who are having difficulty with sounds need to hear them many times in words and in different word positions before they will be able to use them.
Speech Sound Resources
Remember, it is not easy to change the way we say sounds, so it will talk lots of practice with your child at each stage of therapy to ensure they are successful. Little and often is much better, so try to practice ideally everyday for 5-10 minutes. If you can make it fit, your child is much more likely to want to practice.
If you are accessing therapy for speech sounds, please find below two free resources:
This free resource talks you through the first steps in therapy to support your child to identify different sounds. So in any of these activities your child will be listening to you say the sound and then identifying the right picture.
This free resource talks you through the last step in therapy, when your child is able to use a target sound they’ve been working on in words, to help them generalise this into phrases and sentences before we can expect them to use in conversation.