Speech therapy candy....a relatively free and easy way to target speech and language goals for both parents and professionals!
I don't have a sweet tooth, luckily! So, our house is full of extra candy until one day it hit me...candy is a perfect speech therapy tool. It is cheap and is usual found in every household. Candy is also small, colorful, and full of different textures.
Enjoy my speech therapy idea using candy!
I am not endorsing eating candy during therapy. We don't want over sugared children with all that processed sugar. However, I find, most children are engaged with the shiny wrappers and crinkly paper. Most aren't begging to eat the candy!
If you do have a child with a sweet tooth, maybe they can earn one piece of candy by the end of the session :)
The possibilities of using candy are only limited by you imagination!
Below are some great ideas to use for children who are working on later developing concepts.
Following directions requires a person to know vocabulary, have working memory skills, and adequate attention.
Below are some practice ideas for following directions while decorating the tree. 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!