- Talk to your child about objects in the room, people and what you are doing. Talking gets your child ready to read and write by providing them with a wealth of background knowledge.
- Repeat the sounds your child makes like dada, mama, or baba. Play with these sounds and add more sounds and words to their speech.
- Read to your child whenever you can. Read picture books with sounds and rhymes.
- Have your child track objects. Begin with stuff animals and move them slowly and progress to more advanced toys such as ones with balls that roll down them. Racing toy cars down a ramp is another fun way to improve visual tracking.
- Listen to audio books in the car.
- Read food boxes and words on T.V. to your child.
- Look at magazines together.
- Read your child's favorite book over and over again.
- Point to words and pictures as you read.
- Teach new words throughout the year like holidays or special visits to the zoo or aquarium.
- Give your child crayons, markers, and paper for scribbling or drawing.
- Encourage fine motor development by playing with play-doh.
- During bath time, use shaving cream on bathroom walls and encourage your child to draw pictures in the foam.
- Go outside and use sidewalk chalk to draw a picture or play hopscotch.
- Use stamps and sponges to develop fine motor.
- String beads.
- Remember all fine motor activities will strengthen your child's hands and get them ready to write later on.
- Have fun!
-Elisa Cartagena, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
As the lead therapist and owner of Teach Beyond Speech Therapy Services, LLC., Elisa Cartagena provides academically relevant speech and language therapy for children from preschool through adolescence throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale of Broward County including Davie, Plantation, Sunrise, and Weston. She has over 15 years of experience in the education field that includes classroom teaching, ESE education, and speech and language therapy services.
Keywords: Writing, Activities, Toddlers, Babies