Speaking and Listening
Encouraging and supporting speaking and listening is an important part of developing positive communication skills. Spending time with your children playing and talking is a great way to help them learn and develop these skills. This list of resources offers information, support and a range of fun activities and games to try at home....get creative, have fun and enjoy.
1. SpeechLink Parent Portal: SpeechLink is the program our school uses to support speech and language needs. Parent Portal has recently been launched as part of this program and is currently accessible for everyone. It provides a range of activities, information and advice to help you support your children with speech and language at home. The activities and interactive games are a great way to encourage speaking and listening skills with your children and can easily be done at home. Click here for the link to SpeechLink Parent Portal.
2. Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line (Children and Family Health Devon & NHS): 0333 321 9448
For advice about typical speech and language development, speech, language and communication difficulties, encouraging development of speech and language, implementing therapy advice etc. Currently available Monday – Friday between the approximate hours of 9am – 5pm. (There is also an option to leave a message if needed and someone should be able to get back to you.)
3. Children and Family Health Devon website: This site is regularly updated with information, support and resources for parents. It includes some useful resources including timetable visuals, now and next board, widget symbols and a social story. Click here for the link to their website.
4. Words for Life: This site offers a range of activities and ideas that will help and encourage speaking and listening skills with your children. They are easily accessible and split up into different age groups. There is something for everyone from 0 – 11 years. Lots of fun and creative ideas to do together that all offer opportunity to develop these skills. Click here for the link to their website.
Other activity ideas to encourage speaking and listening:
1. Musical Moment: Listen to some music. Think about the following questions and then talk about it with your child or someone in your family:
2. Hide and Seek: hide some objects around the house and challenge your child to find one at a time
3. I spy: Pictures are a great way to get children talking. Whether it be from a book, magazine or photos, whatever you have to hand will do.
4. Guess What: Collect some small objects from around the house and place them in a box or pillowcase.
Eg. ‘It’s a sphere shape and we throw it when playing sport games’
5. Mirror Mirror: This activity will help your child understand about sound production.....and it’s great fun too!
6. Clap the rhythm: This is a fun and easy listening activity that all the family can enjoy
7. Once Upon A Time: Who doesn’t love story telling? This activity is a great way for children to get creative, use their imagination and develop those speaking skills