For children with Special Needs
Speech activities help if your child is struggling to express themselves, or form words correctly there are a number of ways in which you can help
them to improve their language and oral motor skills.
These games are so simple and fun, and can keep children occupied for hours, especially during a long drive:
Oral Motor activities
activities will help strengthen jaw control, for better articulation of words, and for the child that droolss excessively, you will see a major
- Blowing bubbles
You are never too old to have some fun.
Children love blowing bubbles and this activity is especially good for improving breathing control and exercising the lip muscles.
Using a straw
Start by having your child suck a thin liquid through a straw, like apple juice or water. Once they have mastered this, start using thicker liquids like milkshake. (Thicken the milkshake by adding yogurt or ice-cream.)
Alternate by having your child suck faster or slower through the straw.
The following oral motor activity is for tactile stimulation. This means that the areas you are brushing is stimulating a muscle area by touch.
Use a tooth brush, starting with a baby brush, as these are softer and brush the childs lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, inside of cheeks and upper and
If your child is particularly sensitive, start these activities by using your finger only. (Speaking from experience, watch your fingers, your little
one will bite!)
- Licking Activities
Put some ice-cream on a cone, and let your child lick the ice- cream.
As the ice-cream starts to melt down the cone, children must only use their tongue to lick up the drips, not their lips.
Rub some peanut butter or syrup on their lips and let them lick it off. Vary this activity by only putting peanut butter on the sides of their mouth,
in the middle of the lips or just under their bottom or top lip and encourage them to lick it off.
- Funny faces
Pull funny faces at your child, using mostly your lips and jaw. You can grin, stick out your tongue, and move your jaw or just your chin from side to
Let your child have a mirror to watch themselves pulling funny faces, or have a competion to see can pull the strangest or ugliest face.
Language skills activities.
Try some of these great speech activities to improve both memory and articulation:
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