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Speech Practice at Home
by Kevin Stuckey, M.Ed., CCC-SLP and Julie A. Daymut, M.A., CCC-SLP
Good communication depends on good articulation skills. Articulation refers to the production of speech sounds. When a child has difficulty producing specific sounds, speech intelligibility decreases, and the listener may not understand the child’s intended message. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) works with a child to help him/her produce sounds correctly. They may work on individual sounds in isolation or sounds in syllables, words, phrases, or sentences. The ultimate goal is to help a child correctly produce speech sounds spontaneously at the conversational level. The SLP may send practice work home for the parents to complete with their child. Homework activities provide opportunities for a child to practice speech in a more natural environment with the encouragement and support of family.
Practicing Speech with Your Child
Following is a list of homework suggestions so that a child may practice speech in everyday situations and environments. Incorporate these simple suggestions at home to help your child practice speech sounds in a functional way. Be sure to follow the guidance of the SLP that is working with your child when implementing these—and any other—practice exercises.
Homework Suggestions – Word/Phrase/Sentence Level Activities (adapted from ARtIC LAB®):
  1. Practice your    /l/ words    25 times while getting dressed for school.
  2. Practice your    /r/ phrases    25 times on your way to school or on your way home.
  3. Practice your    /s/ sentences    while shopping at the grocery store with your parent(s).
  4. Practice your                   for five minutes before or after dinner.
  5. Practice your                   25 times before turning off the light to go to bed.
  6. Practice your                   with a brother/sister for five minutes.
  7. Practice your                   words while taking a bath.
  8. Practice your                   during commercials of one TV show.
  9. Practice your                   25 times before or after playing video games.
  10. Practice your                   25 times before brushing your teeth.
  11. Practice your                   while riding your bike.
  12. Practice your                   while cleaning your room/picking up toys.
  13. Practice your                   while your family cooks dinner.
  14. Practice your                   as you walk to the corner and back.
  15. Practice your                   for five minutes while riding in the car.
 
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