Welcome to Sentence Level Games for CH. Yeah!
Throw away your flashcards! You will not need them at this stage. When your child sees those cards, he or she goes in to "speech mode." This is something I see all the time!
Speech games are a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say CH correctly. If this is your child, you are in the right place.
Now, your child is going to work on saying CH during functional speech games.
1. Before starting a game, remind your child that you are going to play a game but must practice CH at the same time. Do a quick "warm-up" by repeating a few CH words.
2. Introduce the target sentences while you explain the directions to the game. Practice the sentences a few times.
3. Remember to incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible. That is the real reason you are playing after all!
4. Make sure you, the parent, takes turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentence which has the power to accelerate the process. Your child is listening!
5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed. The ultimate goal though is to fade these cues so your child is independently saying CH correctly.
Lastly, remember to have fun!!
Play memory (my favorite game since I was a child!)
Target Sentences: I found a match, Not a match, I know where the match is, I think this one is a match (you get the idea!)
How to Play: To play memory, you need about 15-30 cards. They can be any kind of cards such as flashcards, picture cards, and/or playing cards. The only catch is that you must have a match for every card. Turn over all the cards on the table and organize them in rows and columns. Now you are ready! Everyone playing takes turns choosing two cards at a time and turns them over. If the cards are a match, the player keeps the cards and gets another turn. If they are not a match, the player turns the cards back over and the next player takes a turn. Make sure to say one of the target sentences above with EACH turn.
Get out a ball and play good old fashion catch!
Target Sentences: Catch a ball, Good catch
How to Play: This one is easy to do! All you have to do is play catch with your child. You can play catch in the backyard with a ball or even play catch in the living room with a pair of socks. The only important part is you must say the word "catch" in a sentence before each turn.
Get stretching with your child. You can make it silly or real.
Target Sentences: Stretch and touch your _______, Stretch your _______
How to Play: Time to get stretching with your child. You can simply tell each other what to stretch next. Or, if your child wants to, he or she can be the yoga teacher and lead all the stretches! The key here is to say "stretch" and "touch" with every turn to get two CH practices!
Put on a talent show with your child and try to "out do" one another.
Target Sentences: Watch this
How to Play: This game takes a little bit of creativity but it is very functional. Kids say "watch this" often throughout the day. I like to play this game by throwing a ball or doing a cartwheel while saying "watch this" before each turn. Pick a game that your child enjoys be it a video game, sports, dress up, coloring, etc... Then, take turns doing a trick and saying "watch this" before each turn.
Taking pictures is easy this day and age. You can take pictures with cameras, computers, or phones. Let's take advantage of it!
Target Sentences: Picture time, Take my picture, Good picture, Bad picture
How to Play: Take pictures of your child and/or have your child take pictures of you. Make sure to say one of the phrases above. Try to say the word "picture" as much as possible.
Another reason why chocolate is so great! Let's do math with chocolate and have a snack when we are done.
Target Sentences: Take 2 chocolates away, Add 2 more chocolates, We have 10 chocolates
How to Play: Gather some chocolate chips, candy bars, or even pretend chocolate candies made out of paper and do some math problems. Depending on the level of your child, you can do some addition or subtraction problems or even just count the pieces of chocolate. Make sure you say chocolate with every turn.
Play 20 questions with your child. You can play the real way or adapt it to the level of your child.
Target Sentences: Question number 1, Question number 2, I have 20 questions
How to Play: One person thinks of a person, place, or thing. The other players take turns asking questions to figure out the mystery object. They only get 20 questions! The twist is the guessers have to say "question number____" before each turn to count the questions and practice CH. You can adjust the level of language if needed. You can give hints or clues if needed as well.
I always end my practice ideas with my most functional conversational game. This one involves a meal time since we eat everyday making it easy to remember to practice CH.
Target Words: Kitchen, Chocolate, Cheese, Chicken, Chop, Lunch
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the CH words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the CH sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every CH word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!