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Working remotely has changed the way people schedule themselves at home, and offers opportunities to do things that they wouldn't otherwise be able to do. Keeping up with speech therapy is one such opportunity.

One such scheduled kid activity could be your little one’s weekly therapy session with the speech-language pathologist (SLP). How frustrating! Just when you’re seeing real progress, this quarantine happens and now you’re looking at losing that great work. How to get the best speech therapy for kids?

Practice Speech Therapy for Toddlers at Home with Speech Blubs

Never fear! Speech Blubs is here! (cue the super hero music!) You now have something to work on while you’re waiting for the therapist to re-open.

Speech Blubs is an app that helps kids make sounds, then words, and then sentences. Just 10-15 minutes a day of speech therapy at-home practice. The app has more than 1,500 fun kid activities for late talkers, and for preschoolers, as well. Speech Blubs was designed with speech therapists, parents, and KIDS, too! Those kids are a big part of our main method, called ‘video modeling,’ which is just kids watching other kids model speaking, and then trying to imitate them. This method is a proven way to help kids speak.

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Parents work on speech skills with their children using the learning app

In this blog, I will give you some ideas of fun activities that you can do at home during this coronavirus quarantine. Don’t forget to stay safe and follow all protocols for not spreading the virus. Here you go:

Work on Speech Disorders with Oral Motor Exercises

Parents might be surprised to know that it is quite common for the muscles children use in speaking to be underdeveloped. So, if you see your child not using a part of their mouth necessary for speech, especially at around 2-3 years old, get them evaluated by a speech therapist to rule out any type of oral motor disorder.

These are fixable issues. There are easy-to-do home exercises that are also fun that will get your child’s mouth, tongue, and lips working correctly and nimbly. These oral motor exercises can also help kids with articulation disorders. Check out this blog that delves into some of the exercises:

Games for Speech and Language Development

Articulation is the physical sounding out of letters and phonemes that make words. To be understood, articulation has to be accurate in how and where it happens. Articulation therapy is where kids work on specific sounds that they don’t clearly communicate. There are all sorts of activities that you can do at home and include everything from making faces to reciting tongue twisters. Read this blog to check out just some of the kid activities that you can do at home:

Articulation Therapy Activities for Kids

One of the first exercises teachers and speech therapists do is to listen to your child’s speech and then to target the sounds your child is having trouble saying. You might find that when you teach your child, the repeated practice can be boring – unless you use Speech Blubs to engage your child. There are articulation exercises aplenty that will not only keep your child busy but keep them improving. Check out the links below for age-appropriate sound production in toddlers and some activities you can do at home:

Work on Expanding Kids’ Vocabulary

Expanding vocabulary is a never-ending task we all have. One way to attack this issue is to take advantage of all of the junk mail ads from stores advertising their products! In fact, you can make your own dictionary by cutting out pictures from the ads (try to choose things that your child is likely to use and remember), and then writing the words next to the picture, and then practice the words!

Making a personal dictionary is a great way to repurpose stuff that you’d normally just throw away, and to learn words and have fun together! That’s just one way to expand vocabulary at home! You can also check out this blog for more ideas about how to expand your child’s vocabulary at home:

Every Opportunity is a Speech Opportunity!

Spark conversation during your daily quarantine routines! This home practice helps kids grow their vocabulary and work on their speech or language disorders.

Don’t fret, you’ll all get through this quarantine. Try these handy activities and help your child’s speech while you’re at home. Stay safe and healthy!

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    • Hi, speech-language pathologists, therapists, and your doctor, can help your child overcome communication problems at any age. I suggest you visit ASHA for more information and resources about your child’s age group.

  • Hi, I have two years old son, he has been early diagnosed as mild Autistic. We need help on his speech and behaviour.

  • My 5.6 years old daughter cannot speak ક ખ ગ ઘ properly . These four letters wherein our tounge should not touch teeth. But in her case it touches and so ક sounds ત. Pl guide with a therapy

    • Talk to your pediatrician and get your child evaluated with a speech therapist! In the meantime, you can practice your articulation with Speech Blubs, or make an articulation game for the K sound. Read more about articulation games.

    • Speech Blubs has helped many non-verbal kids to start imitating and producing their first sounds and words! Speech Blubs is a speech therapy at-home practice tool, that was designed with a help of speech therapists. Click here to start learning!

  • my son is 4. recently noticed that he is having difficulties sometimes, when starting some words he is repeating the same words 2 -3 times words and then completing sentences . need your advise

    • Hard to say, since we can’t hear him, but have you looked into stuttering? If you are worried, it is always best to see your pediatrician or find a speech therapist, that can evaluate your child. I hope that helps!

  • Greetings
    i have 12 years old boy with almost no speech. Now No autistic signs. he does Math well . i desperately want him to speak minimum works. As of now he is spellings less than 10 words. Please suggest exersies / speech therapy techniques to follow at home for him. shortly he will go to grade 6.

    • Hi – before I give any further advice, I’m suggesting that you seek out a speech and evaluation from his school district as soon as you possibly can. To be 12 years old and not have any speech must be very frustrating for him and for you! I would also recommend that you check out Speech Blub’s blog section. We have tons of activities and exercise that you can do at home (some as simple as just reading and pointing) that can increase expressive and receptive language skills.

      Stacie Bennett, M.S. CCC-SLP

  • Hii, my son is 3.6 year old, and he has suffering from delayed milestones. Also his speech is delayed. Now his speech therapy is stopped. So what can i do?

    • Hi! The first thing I would suggest is going to get an evaluation by a speech-language therapist. They will be able to determine how far behind your son is with his speech and get him enrolled into therapy to make some gains in those areas. I’m not sure where you live, but due to the pandemic, some speech therapists are only taking virtual appointments. You’d have to check with the provider to see if that’s the case! Good luck!

  • Hi , My daughter is 2.6 years old. She was talking pretty clear. But from last 2-3 weeks she starts sluttering . Words get stuck in her mouth .Plz guide

    • Hi. All children will go through a period of dysfluency from the age of 2 until about age 5. The normal disfluent child occasionally repeats syllables or words, li-li-like this. Disfluencies may also include hesitations and the use of fillers such as “uh,” “er,” “um.”
      Disfluencies occur most often between ages 1 1/2 and 5 years, and they tend to come and go. They are usually signs that a child is learning to use language in new ways. If disfluencies disappear for several weeks, then return, they may be going through another stage of learning. In some cases, stuttering can progress and continue past the age of 5. When this occurs, it’s important to see a speech-pathologist for treatment. Also, if your child is making facial grimaces, or making abnormal noises, like clicking their tongues, you should seek out a speech-language pathologist sooner rather than later.

  • Hi, my Son is 13 years old, he was done one side cochlear implement one year ago doctor said he needs speech therapy, so could you please help me to get my child speech therapy.

    • Hi. Although I cannot help you find a specific speech therapist, I can recommend that you talk to your child’s audiologist and pediatrician to get recommendations for a speech therapist that can work with your child. Since your son is 13, there should also be a speech pathologist that works in his school district. That speech therapist should be seeing your son on a regular basis, if there is a communication disorder present.

      Stacie Bennett, Speech Therapist

  • Hi! I have a five year old girl who did a cleft palate surgery in January and has started a speech therapy session. But my fear is, there seems to be little or no significant improvement in her speech. Will she ever speak properly?

    • Hi. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing if your child will ever have typical speech patterns. As speech pathologists, we get that question all of the time, and, as much as I want to give you a straightforward answer, I cannot. I can tell you that the more consistent therapy is and the more practice you do at home, the higher the chance that your child will develop speech patterns that are close to their peers. Sometimes, progress is very, very slow and it does take quite a long time to see significant improvement. I’m not sure of how often your child attends, but I would reach out to the therapist and see if there are exercises that you can do at home to aid in her progress efforts.

      Stacie Bennett, Speech Therapist

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