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    Default Tools and ideas to assist speech development in preschoolers

    Hello - I'm after ideas (eg games) or tools (eg sequencing cards) that you would recommend to help speech development. My DS is 4 had has a significant speech delay - he is getting lots of speech therapy and we are praticing at home but I would still like more ideas as a game or activity only lasts a few minutes before he's onto something else.

    We obviously do lots of reading and he 'reads' simple books back to us. He does reading eggs for 30 mins or so most days which is fantastic (he can recognise simple words). We play go fish to practice asking questions, talk about pictures in books or magazines to pratice pronouns and make up stories.

    He has just a general speech delay and a recent assessment put him about 8-9 months behind.

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    Is he at a preschool or around other. Children? We spent 8 months in speech therapy with not a lot of success the. Ds started preschool 2 days and his vocabulary has improved dramatically.

    Also our speech therapist suggested putting a few toys up high and not giving them to the child untill he said what they were eg. If it was a ball he had to attempt to say ball before he got it.

    Get him to focus on you by putting your finger on your lower lip when you say words so they focus on the mouth shape.

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    My 2-year-old improved hugely after we bought him a LeapPad of all things. There are lots of educational applications with it and he has learnt heaps of new words from it.

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    My DD went to speech therapy because she wasn't clear and wouldn't say certain first letters in words like g, f, s.

    The therapist printed off picture cards for each of the letters and we used to spend hours playing snap. I had DD say the word on each card both she AND I put down before we could snap. Because she was always "winning" snap she enjoyed playing it. It was never a fight with DD, when she would say a word wrong or not clearly we would slowly say it correctly and she would happily repeat it. It would have been much harder if she was fighting us with it.

    We didn't really play any other games because she loved playing snap and it worked for us.

    It is heartbreaking when they struggle with something (especially if other kids tease them - like DD was getting).

    Good luck.


 

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