Practice is one of the most important parts of speech therapy! As speech pathologists we only get to see a child or adult once or twice per week (sometimes more but it is rare). What about the rest of the time? Practicing outside of the therapy room is crucial for progress and success. Here are some great practice ideas:
practice in the car…if you practice driving somewhere and driving home that means you already practice two times today!
practice at the super market…there are lots of fun ways to practice at the super market. Find all the foods that start with a certain sounds and say them, group the food into categories to work on language skills, practice following directions by having a child be the “helper”.
practice during TV commercials! There are lots of commercials so there will be lots of time to practice.
The truth is speech therapy twice a week is not enough! You need to practice often to see quick improvement!