I have some speech therapy water ideas for you. They are fun, functional, and basically "free."
These ideas were inspired by my outdoor-loving children. We spend quite a lot of time playing with the hose, buckets, cups, rain barrel, and a water table. As most of you know, one of my children is a late talker and I have 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!
They are just as effective.
Below are 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 ages and levels quite easily.
If your child is working on any of the sounds below (left column), pick a word and some water toys and begin 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 our articulation therapy page for how to do speech/articulation 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, cue sheets, and guides - read more at Articulation Therapy Materials & Guide.
Below are some speech therapy water ideas for targeting early developing language skills.
Below are some speech therapy water ideas to use for children who are working on "later developing" concepts.
Executive functioning 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. They 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., one-step directions vs two-step) span.
Sequential: This type of direction is multi-step. 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 does 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!