Wow! Where did the time go? 2020 has been an interesting to challenging year for everyone. So here are some easy New Years speech therapy activities recommended by some of our Better Speech SLPs to work on with your little one.
Vocabulary Activity: Past and Future
Jennifer K. SLP (Licensed in: Florida, Indiana)
Specialties: Language Delay/Disorder, Late Talkers, Early Intervention
Jennifer had no problem making a recommendation for a New Year's themed activity. "It's obvious! Talk about past and future. Or for younger kids, talk about back or forward."
This is a great time to open up your photo album from the past year and talk about what happened. You can target past tense regular verbs (walked, played, cooked) or irregular verbs (flew, swam, went). You can also make plans for the future (target the underlined words or those recommended by your SLP): where will you go, what will you do next month, you can talk about your plans for the future (what does future mean?).
For younger kids, you can talk about back and forth by moving a car back and forth, or talk about what the doll did (earlier today or yesterday), which is a great way to improve your child's memory skills.
Social Skills Activity: Asking Questions or Making Plans
Rachel C. SLP (Licensed in: New York, California, Washington)
Specialties: Language Disorders related to Autism
"New Year's is a great time to talk about subjects we don't often get to cover," says Rachel C. who is a Better Speech SLP specializing in language disorders for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Depending on what your child is working on, she suggests talking about what a New Year's Resolution is. Another great activity Rachel recommends is practicing asking other people what their New Year’s Resolutions are and then having a short conversation about it.
You can help your child practice questions like “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” Or if they want to talk about their resolutions, you can discuss how they will make a concrete plan to make that resolution happen. Help them break down the plan into simple, attainable steps.
Here are some more question to practice with your child:
What does eve mean?
Why do we create resolutions?
When does the new year begin?
Why do people like to stay awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve?
What is the opposite of new?
These activities are a great way to address social skills, ask questions and make plans for the new year.
We at Better Speech wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021!
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