Christmas is rapidly approaching! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite toys and games for children of all ages, including children who have speech/language disorders! Here are just a few of our favorites toys and some ideas for using them to promote language development!
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- Farm toys and animals are great for working on so many things! Here is a list of just a few great ways to model and promote good language skills while playing with these toys.
-imitation of animal sounds
-labeling animal names
-receptively and expressively labeling concept words – in, on, under, next to etc…
-teaching actions sounds (eat, sleep, jump, climb, etc..)
2. Car and truck toys
So many kids are highly motivated by cars and trucks, which makes them great toys for promoting language.
-environmental sound imitation (beep beep, vroom, crash!)
-labeling colors of cars
-simple fill-in phrases “ready, set, go!”, “on your mark, get set, go!”
-following simple directions
3. Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head provides hours of fun for kids!
-labeling body parts
Blocks are great for kids of all ages!
-using spatial concept words (on, under, next to, etc…)
-modeling early developing words (up, go, more,..)
-requesting by color
-turn taking while building
5. Board Games
Board games are an awesome way to engage and work on language with a child! If a child has specific language or speech targets, you can work on them in between turns and use the game as a motivator. Some of our favorites include: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Candyland, Pop the Pig and Zingo.
Other ways games are great include:
-working on waiting
These are just a few of the toys that we love and recommend if you’re looking for games to help promote speech and language skills!