Many people post questions about speech therapy materials. They want to know how to implement speech therapy at home. There are all sorts of programs out there & it can get confusing quick when you bring up all the options. I wanted to post a few of my favorites.
When it comes to speech I feel like reading is key. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is the absence of spoken words & ideas but it is not the absence of words & ideas. One of the reasons speech can be difficult for a child with apraxia has to do with the motor planning it takes for the mouth to move in unison to the ideas of words & thoughts it is attempting to express. The mouth needs a map. Reading does this for the mouth. It can help your child to learn to speak easier & teach a skill which can allow them a different way of self expression at the same time via writing or typing. Again. Reading is key.
A great book about childhood apraxia of speech is called Here’s How to Treat Apraxia of Speech by Margaret Fish. It looks like this:
You can order it at Amazon. Here’s a direct link:
A great resource to teach English, reading & language/articulation is the online version of Rosetta Stone software, English version. Unless of course English isn’t your first language. Pick accordingly. There is an online subscription available for this software & Rosetta Stone makes a great reading & homeschooling software as well. They have subscriptions also. You can learn more about Rosetta Stone here: www.rosettastone.com
I love the materials created by Nancy Kaufman. When the flashcards are combined with the workbook offered in her program it can be a powerful learning tool. This set quickly became my daughter’s favorite language learning tool. If you’re looking to invest in speech therapy materials these should be considered.
Here are the speech therapy cards There are 2 sets Box 1 & Box 2.
The cards are organized like this:
And they look like this.
The workbook is pictured below.
The workbook covers the same words as the cards and works in a fashion that teaches reading in parts and then combines the words into sentences through story representations & pictures. All of the above items are listed on Amazon.
Another great learning resource is Handwriting without Tears. This is for Handwriting but also teaches reading skills. When used together with other reading/speech programs it can be a great tool. You can learn more about Handwriting Without Tears here:
Other great tools. Smart talk. This is a talking flashcard machine. It teaches simple sentences, words & responses and reading skills. It’s fun & interactive for the kiddos to use too. And has optional headphones which can come in handy. Here’s the machine below.
I also really like this activity because the kiddo has to use fine motor skills to put the card in and take it out of the machine. The card sets are pictured below with their matching posters. The posters are great for hanging around the house in the various rooms they represent objects of. They have a kitchen poster, bathroom, bedroom, etc.
Again, all of the above? Amazon.
Another one of my favorites as far as flashcards are concerned & teaching phonics is Lipsync flashcard sounds. Pictured below.
If your child has ever refused to look at your mouth to copy a sound you’ll understand why these are so important. These cards represent sounds of each letter and phonics. What is special about them is the hologram mouth in the upper right hand corner of each card. The mouth moves so that your child can mimic it. If seated in front of a mirror while practicing speech, these cards are priceless.
While teaching your children about letter sounds and words it’s a good idea to give them something they can put their hands on. We use a moveable alphabet which is a teaching tool used in Montessori schools. Here’s a picture below.
And the cursive version.
What this does is allow your child to feel and see the word which is more fun learning. You can add picture cards or actual objects to make it even more hands on.
Another tactic is writing letters in sand with both the finger & an instrument. They make sand trays for that. Again, another Montessori educational tool.
Lastly, sand letters. By tracing letters & phonemes with the finger it becomes better engrained in the mind and the motor planning for writing is learned as well. These come in both capitals, and lowercase letters, print & italics. All found on, you can guess by now…Amazon.
I really like using the sand letters together with the sand tray. First the kiddos trace the sand letter, then they draw it in the sand. There’s a nice picture example above.
And that’s all for now.