There are three main modalities of treatment in speech therapy—articulation, language, and fluency. Articulation is the way we move our mouths to produce sounds, and when those movements are off or imprecise, it can make it difficult to be understood. Language has to do with understanding others (receptive language) and communicating your thoughts and wants (expressive language). Stuttering is an example of a fluency problem.
For preschoolers, there are specific activities that can help address articulation problems, receptive language issues, and expressive language issues. Articulation problems are usually addressed by having the child imitate a therapist’s sound production. This can be done through oral-motor exercises or through fun, naturalistic conversation.
Language problems are usually targeted through direct instruction on vocabulary items or grammar rules. Fluency problems are usually treated through stutter modification techniques where the child learns to slow down their speech rate and control their breathing while talking.
Preschool speech therapy works with children who are three to five and still working on their language skills. Preschoolers are typically in the development stage of learning how to put together words, how to make sentences, and how to expand their vocabulary. A preschool speech therapist will work with children who might not be using words appropriately or with children who might not be using any words at all. In this post we will look at things you can do at home with your own child to help them improve their language skills.
You’ve got a student who’s having some trouble speaking. What do you do? If you’re a speech therapist, you work with the child to help them overcome their speech impediment. The goals of speech therapy for preschoolers are to improve articulation (the sounds we use when we speak), fluency (the speed at which we talk), and voice (how we use our vocal cords).
Speech therapy is a long process that often takes years, but it starts with the basics. To start working with your student on speech therapy, you need to make sure they have the basics down—they can identify vowels and consonants, they can count syllables in words, and they can identify rhymes.
Once those foundation skills are in place, you can start to work on more complex skills. Ask your student to identify words that rhyme with their name; ask them to count how many sounds there are in a word; ask them to point out every letter that makes an “a” sound.
Preschool speech therapy ideas for home and the classroom can be difficult to find, but there are plenty of options! Here are some ideas for you to try at home or in your classroom.
Reading aloud to children is a great way to get them interested in language, and it also helps them learn new words. Children who have had a speech problem such as stuttering may need extra help with reading skills and vocabulary development. Reading books together regularly will help your child develop these skills over time.
When you begin working on speech therapy with your child, make sure that you’re doing it in an environment where they feel comfortable speaking up. If they feel pressured or embarrassed when they don’t understand something or if they’re not being given enough time to express themselves fully, then they’ll be less likely to learn as quickly or efficiently. Speech therapy is a planned and structured program of intervention designed to improve the communication skills of children. Speech therapy focuses on improving a child’s abilities to produce speech, language and/or voice to speak more clearly. In preschool speech therapy, your child will work one-on-one with a licensed speech therapist. The speech therapist will evaluate your child’s communication skills, then create an individualized treatment plan. The plan will focus on your child’s specific needs and goals.