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Joan Greene
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Speech and Language Tips:

  • Give your child enough time to respond. Your child may take a long time to organize thoughts and feelings and put them into words. Avoid the tendency to interrupt your child.
  • Set a good example for your child. Model correct speech. It’s not necessary to ask your child to repeat exactly what you say.
  • Reward and praise your child’s communication attempts. It’s not necessary to correct your child’s grammar or punctuation as they are learning to communicate/talk.
  • Avoid placing too much pressure on your child to talk (example: “Say car”, “Say have a nice day”, “You know how to say ___. Tell (person’s name) you can say _____.” Your child may not want to “perform” verbally in front of others. This type of pressure could lead to future speech/language issues such as stuttering.

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What is Speech and Language?

“Language" is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

- What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)
- How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
- How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk
store new")
- What word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?"
could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)
"Speech" is a verbal means of communicating. It consists of the following:
- Articulation: How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the
"r" sound in order to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit").
-Voice: Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be
abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).
- Fluency: The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).”

Articulation Homework: Take a Sound Walk; walk with your child through the neighborhood, a park, a shopping center, or even at home. Tell your child to look for things with the target sound in their names and you look too. See who can discover the most objects. Gather them up and say those words 10 times each. Try to do one walk each day throughout the week at different places for variety. Have fun!

Language Homework: WH Questions

Read a favorite book before bed. Use these visual aids to ask you child different questions about the book to help support her understanding of the story.

If your child has difficulties with higher level questions, use these cards to increase their ability to ask and to answer higher level comprehension questions.

Information about Speech Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. By evaluating the speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing skills of children and adults, the speech-language pathologist determines what communication or swallowing problems exist and the best way to treat them.

Physical Address: 10 West Miller Street | Inman, Sc 29349
Phone: 864-472-1510 | Fax: 864-472-1511
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