Summertime: How to Continue Speech & Language Skills #BHSM

by Carrie McLaren with 1 comment

School is finally out for summer – my girls couldn’t be more excited about it! We’ve got quite a few exciting trips planned for the coming weeks and since Molly doesn’t have scheduled therapies during the summer, I’ve also planned time for us to squeeze in some learning too.

Thirteen percent of children in public schools receive special education services of some sort during the school year and the second most common reason for this is speech or language impairment – my little Molly is included in that – this past school year she attended speech therapy twice a week.

Speech Language Learning
Before we wrapped up school for the year, we sat down with Molly’s speech therapist to talk about how we could continue therapies at home. We talked about the words and sounds that she needed to focus on and she motivated us and Molly to work together.

As a parent to a child with special needs, it’s important for us to stay on top of advancing Molly’s language skills – it’s definitely the area where she needs extra help.

Molly last Day School
Here are some different ways the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends continuing the learning process throughout the year -

Ways to Incorporate Language & Literacy into Summer Vacation-

  • Asking children questions and use everyday routines to describe or complete tasks
  • Keep them motivated to learn
  • Journal writing can be a fun and relaxed way to help remind your child of skills we want to look for in writing, and expanding on ideas as well
  • Work on play activities together
  • Incorporate fun books, apps and other technology

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association encourages parents to be active in their child’s learnings and to stay involved in how to advance speech and language skills during the summertime.

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How Do You Incorporate Learning During the Summer?

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** I was compensated to write this post by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and also include my personal experiences. **

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  • George Luke


    Hi Carrie its good to know that every things are going good and
    hope Molly is doing better and so much excited.