• We know that your child's therapies at school are a very important part of their educational program.  Below are some important resources (i.e. websites, apps, youtube videos, etc.) for you to participate in with your child during their time away from school.  These links are provided to help facilitate continued skills related to each child's needs in speech and language therapy. These resources and activities help to promote expressive and receptive language skills in elementary aged children. Please feel free to email me at msturner@henry.k12.va.us with any questions/comments related to this site or your child's specific speech and language needs.  I look forward to communicating with you and helping in any way that I can. 

    In addition, nothing can substitute playing with siblings and parents!  Please take this as an opportunity to play board games, create obstacle courses, do a craft, etc. Moreover, general time together preparing meals, baking goodies, sorting laundry, and helping with household chores provides a functional fun, basis for learning and bonding.  Thank you for all that you do to help your child be successful. 

      

    Activities and Tips 

    • Read! Reading is a great way to increase your child's vocabulary and build receptive language skills through comprehension
      • Point and label the pictures in the story
      • Have your child turn the pages
      • Ask questions throughout
      • Have your child retell the story to you
    • Play! Get down to the basics and play with your child. Play is one of the most important ways that children learn about the world. When children play with adults and other children, they learn many foundational skills such as turn taking, problem solving, and how to communicate and use language effectively.
    • Modeling speech and language skills. One of the most important things you can do for your child (regardless of their communication struggles) is to be a good model. As your child is building their language skills or working on speech sounds, modeling will help facilitate their development and progress.
    • Sign Language. If your child is not yet verbal or communicates primarily with signs, check out these videos!
    • Puzzles. Puzzle are a fun and often motivating way to work on many language skills without your child even realizing! With the use of inset puzzles, you can work on matching picture to picture, requesting using words or signs, building on vocabulary by labeling and describing, and identifying items by name, feature, and/or function. I have found that most of my students very much enjoy using puzzles during activities. 

    Educational Websites 

    Listed are some fun and educational websites that will help develop your child's speech and language skills as well as targeting classroom goals and objectives!

    iPad Apps

    All iPad apps listed are free, but may have limited use.