Using toys to gain Optimal Communication Potential in your child's home speech therapy program
Being creative and ingenious is one of the first skills to learn to be a Speech Pathologist or an integral part of the Speech Therapy team. Many people can often be involved in supporting your child to develop their speech and language skills over the years of their early development. It is common to have fantastic input from Kindergarten teachers, school teachers, therapy aides, and also you, being the parents undertaking your child’s home program.
Having the right equipment is very helpful to supporting your child to learn many speech and language tasks, however it is not the MOST important factor.
The most important factor is having the skills to know WHAT you are doing and whether it is the right task or skill to be focusing on to make the greatest differences based on your child’s neuro-developmental age and their observed challenges. Your child will need an assessment from a Speech Pathologist to determine what that is.
Here are some Mr Potato Head ideas for games:
- Movie making with Mr Potato Head (Pictello)
- Using Mr Potato Head to Motivate Multistep Sequences
- Learning Vocabulary with Mr Potato Head
- Going on a Treasure Hunt with Mr Potato Head
- Learning Phonic All Stars speech sound cards with Mr Potato Head
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Developing your child's listening skills
A toy can be used in so many different ways to stimulate your child’s communications skills, so you may be able to save on all the expense of the resources when you invest your time in learning what to do. We have some tips to help you get started, however join the list on the left for more help across amny areas of listening, speech, language, early literacy and social-pragmatic skills.
TIP # 1: Following Spoken instructions
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Use Mr Potato head to facilitate a Simon Says style of activity where Mr Potato head provides the instructions and your child has to accurately listen and carry out the instruction. If they do so, they can opt to change 1 item of Mr Potato Heads body per correct instruction followed! So the toy acts as the actual reinforcement for your child after each verbal instruction and then connects your child back to the lesson to listen to the next instruction. This is important as some children can wander away when they get bored.
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