Welcome to the 4th part in our series of posts written to help your child continue to make progress toward their speech goals (read the whole series here) This post will give you a handful of online resources that are chock-full of fun artic activities so that you and your child can work together to clean up those sounds!
The web is, of course, full of great activities and ideas for articulation therapy. Some sites are specifically geared toward SLPs, but many of them have activities that can easily be done at home. If you’re feeling sporty, you can of course just google “articulation therapy ideas” or something similar and you will get enough ideas to keep you busy for a VERY long time. Pinterest is also a treasure trove of articulation activities and is heavily used by SLPs to share ideas and activities. But if you don’t have the time/desire to comb through all of that stuff, here are 4 sites that you can reliably count on for some great ideas:
- Mommy Speech Therapy is an active blog that is written by an ASHA-certified SLP for the express purpose of helping parents do therapy at home.
- Speech Room News is a great resource that is written by an SLP for SLPs, but her information is written relatively free of jargon and is easy for parents to understand and use. Her articulation-specific activities can be found here.
- Sublime Speech is the site to visit if you’re interested in purchasing an articulation app for your tablet (yes, there’s an app for that!). She also has lots of great ideas for DIY activities and some free downloads as well.
- Teachers Pay Teachers is a site where educators can offer their original materials for download. Each vendor tends to have both free and paid items, and and you can certainly get lost for a while looking at all of the articulation activities!
That should be enough to keep you busy for a while! And remember that you can and should always ask your SLP for “homework.” You can do this at the end of each session if you are working with someone privately (either online or in real life), or you can email/call your child’s school SLP and ask that they send home some activities and/or recommendations for you to work on at home. It’s not the activity that matters, it’s the fact that you’re getting those extra practice sessions . . . the more practice sessions, the sooner you’ll be done with speech!