Welcome to Sentence Level Games for V. Yeah!
I want you to throw away your cards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child says target words easier. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say the sound right.
So, at this level, we are going to work on saying V during functional speech games. Your child will start to transition their speech progress into their automatic, everyday speech.
1. At the beginning of each game, remind your child that you guys are going to play games using the good V sound.
2. Introduce the target sentences and then practice them with your child before starting.
3. Incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible.
4. Make sure you, the parent, takes turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentences correctly.
5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.
Lastly, remember to have fun!!
This is an easy game to play in the car or during a meal. It works on categorization as well!
Target Sentences: My favorite is...
How to Play: One person thinks of a category such as fruit. The other player has to think of 3 favorite to least favorite items that fit into the category (most to least). The player answering the question must say..."My favorite fruit is.."
This "conversation" game that is sweet to play before bed or to start the day off right
Target Sentences: I love .....
How to Play: Talk about all the people or things that you and your child loves. That's it! It is a sweet game that can be "played" easily throughout the day.
Practicing hiding things around the house and then have fun finding them.
Target Sentences: You are very close, You are very far, You are very very very close
How to Play: One player (hider) hides an object in a room. The other person starts to look for it (the seeker). If the seeker starts to get close, the hider says "you are very close." As the seeker gets closer, the hider adds more "verys" to the sentence (more V practice!). If the hider starts to wander farther away from the object, the hider uses the sentence "you are very far."
Get out a pillow, blocks or something you and your child can jump over.
Target Sentences: Jump over
How to Play: Lay an obstacle on the ground like a pillow. See if your child can jump over it. Before jumping, your child must say "jump over the pillow."
This campfire game is good for practicing V and improving memory skills.
Target Sentences: We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring___--
How to Play: One player starts the game by saying "We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring _____" (insert any object here). The next player has to say "We are going on a trip down a river and I'm going to bring _____" (previous object and a new object). The next player says the same sentence, repeats the previous responses, and adds one more. The game continues like this until one person can't remember all the answers. It is a fun game but remember to practice V with the word river.
This twist on the classic game "Simon Says" will motivate any child!
Target Sentences: Simon Says move...
How to Play: The leader says "Simon says move.....and then a direction". For example, the leader says "Simon says move up and down and turn around." Everyone playing has to move up and down and turn around. If the leader does not say "Simon says move" before giving a direction, then the direction is not to be followed. If a person does follow a direction without hearing "Simon says move" first, he or she loses. The major twist here is adding the word move. This is the most important since it is where your child practices V!
Example Script of Sentences:
Do five of anything. Count five things. Give high fives
Target Sentences: Will depend on the situation
How to Play: How to play this game will depend highly on the parent and the child. Some children like to collect things. If this is the case, count the collected items with your child while making sure to pay attention to the number 5. Throw the ball 5 times and count each turn. Give a high five after a job well done. The "game" is endless!
Example Script of Sentences: Depends on the situation
I always end my practice ideas with my most functional conversational game. This one revolves around meal time since we eat everyday.
Target Words: I will have...., Can I have...?
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the word "have" during meals. If your child asks for something on the table and uses the word "have," make sure he or she uses the good V sound! Use a sticker or motivation chart to increase participation and awareness if needed.Speech Home Practice › V Home Page