I have speech therapy water ideas for you. They are fun, functional, and “free.”
My outdoor-loving children inspired these ideas. 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 child 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!
Below are fun ideas for water play:
Below are sample speech therapy goals you can target while playing with water. Most speech therapy water ideas can be adapted for different ages and levels quite easily.
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 water toys and begin functional speech therapy practice!
If you are new and 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 specific games and ideas, cue sheets, and guides - read more at Articulation Therapy Materials & Guide.
Below are speech therapy water ideas for targeting early developing language skills.
Below are speech therapy water ideas to use for children working on “later developing” concepts.
Executive functioning skills are the abilities to plan, control impulses and emotions, multi-task, pay and shift attention, and organize. Executive functioning skills will continue to develop as the frontal lobe continues to grow; however, you 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 practice ideas for following directions while playing with water. They are easy to come up with in the moment. Just pay attention to the “direction” words you are using and know of your child’s vocabulary level.
Sequential: This 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 more speech therapy ideas for the home here!