Enjoy our speech therapy water ideas! What could me more free and easy?
Summer is finally here and it has inspired me! My toddler LOVES water and we spend quite a lot of time playing with the hose, buckets, cups, and a water table. As most of you know, he is a late talker and I seen quite a lot of progress during our "water speech therapy sessions!" As a bonus, he is having so much FUN!
I was given a free water table by a very kind neighbor. My son loves it! However, if not for the gift, I most likely would have made due with buckets, hoses, and cups!
It is free and just as effective. Some fun ideas for water play:
Below are sample speech therapy goals you can target while playing with water. They are divided by skill area. Most speech therapy water ideas can be adapted for different age levels quite easily. Honestly, I love playing with water :)
If your child is working on any of these sounds, pick a word and get to some functional speech therapy practice!
If you are new and a bit confused on how to practice articulation at home, we have a free step-by-step guide at articulation therapy for how to do speech therapy at home. Also, you can access free word lists!
If you are all up to speed on articulation therapy, parents or professionals, but need some specific games and ideas, read more at Articulation Therapy Materials & Guide.
Speech therapy water ideas for targeting early developing language skills! You can work on language skills while playing easily. Below are some ideas to try.
Below are some great ideas for speech therapy water to use for children who are working on later developing concepts.
Executive function skills are our abilities to plan, control impulses and emotions, multi-task, pay and shift attention, and organize. Our executive functioning skills will continue to develop as our frontal lobe continues to grow; however, we can start things off on the right foot!
Following directions requires a person to know vocabulary, have working memory skills, and adequate attention.
Below are some practice ideas for following directions while playing with water. There are quite easy to come up with in the moment. Just pay attention to the type of "direction" words you are using and be aware of your child's vocabulary level as well as attention (i.e., may want to to do one step directions vs two step).
Sequential: This type of direction is multi-step and something has to be done first, second, etc..
Before/After: This is a temporal direction. Your child has to do something before or after he/she do something else. This is TRICKY!
Spatial: Give a direction with a spatial aspect (under, over, above)
Basic: Basic means one-step, simple directions. If your child is having trouble, start here!
Find some more speech therapy ideas for the home here!