Helping your child to correct a sound error

Repetition…repetition….repetition!! If you want to help your child develop a sound they are having trouble with you will need to say it more times than you would in a “normal” conversation.

Unintentional = 1x correct model of the /k/ sound
Child:               “Go in the tar.”
You:                 “Yes, get ready and hop in the car.”

Intentional modelling = 11x correct modelling of the /k/ sound
Child:               “Go in the tar.”
You:                 “Car. Yes, the car. We are going in the car. Mummy’s car. The blue car. Let’s get ready to go in the car.”
Child:               “Not Daddy’s tar.”
You:                 “Daddy’s car is at work. Daddy’s car is not at home. Daddy’s car is black. A big black car. Do you like Daddy’s car?”

Play a game of “car spotting” while you are out and you will add on another intense period of /k/ modelling.  It is easy to do, but you do need to be intentional!!


Learning Language on the Fly

Folding the washing…a good place to start because it never stops, and nor will the language learning!  You can model the following aspects of language during this job:

  • Classification: work clothes / sleeping / school / playing / swimming  “What do we do with these clothes / this sock? etc.”
  • Possessives: _______’s Mummy’s, Billy’s, Sam’s “Whose shorts are these?”
  • Plurals: _______s socks / shirts / pants / shorts “One sock in my hand. Lots of socks on the line”
  • Pronouns: He / She “Let’s dig for Dad’s clothes. He has a sock. He has a shirt….”
  • Comparisons: ______er, ______est  “This T-shirt is big, Ben’s T-shirt is bigger. Dad’s T-shirt is the biggest.

Bath Time… love it or hate it, there are language stimulation opportunities the whole way through it!!  Here are three which relate to sequencing steps of a task.  Sequencing is an important language skill as ordering events through language will help your kids to build more complex sentences. It will also help them to grow into giving complex instructions themselves and help them to talk about activities that they have done… in a way that doesn’t leave you wondering what they are talking about!!

  1. Simple: “FIRST we put in the plug THEN we turn on the taps….What do we do FIRST? What do we do NEXT?”
  2. Three Step Instructions: FIRST we take our shoes off, THEN we take off our clothes and AFTER that we put our clothes in the basket. What is the LAST thing that we needed to do?”
  3. Complex: Converting sentence structures from _____ BEFORE ______ to  BEFORE ______, ______., while not changing the meaning.   For example, “We put the plug in BEFORE we turn on the tap.” to “BEFORE we turn on the tap, we put the plug in.”

Following Instructions…a challenge in every household! Help your child/ren develop their receptive language by making it a game!

  • Set your kids “challenges” to complete ie, (First) run to the tree, (then) spin around, (and last of all) give me a high five.
  • Give a visual clue – hold one finger up for each instruction.  Three tasks = three fingers.As they complete each task they put that finger down. If you can teach your kids to say “What was the third thing I had to do?” rather than “I forget.” their teacher will be a happy teacher!!
  • Make it harder by adding more tasks to the challenge, or by adding more detail ie., Run to the black tree stump, spin 5 times then give me a high five with your right hand.
  • Make it harder by adding some sequencing words ie., Run to the tree after you give me a high five.

Start small and easy first! Give them success and make it a truly fun game, then make it a little harder – step by step. Don’t loose the fun though!!

Reading Rhyming Books…Rhyming books are a fun way to introduce word play and then sound play with your kids. No rules…just show them that words and sounds can be fun…which in kid-speak means silly! Get ready to sound silly and make up as many nonsense words for the rhyming words on each page. Non-sense rhyming is truly teaching the skill of rhyme – rather than teaching them which words simply “go together”.

cat mat sat fat… Sound familiar? Plenty of kids can parrot these rhyming words, but can’t come up with another one on their own. Playing with non-sense rhyming words is more fun, and makes sure they learn the skill – not just a list of words. Have fun!