Bring Speech Therapy Home: 3 Ways to Expand Vocabulary
Expanding Vocabulary at Home
Vocabulary growth is a long and, at times, slow process. If you're looking to take speech therapy home and embed vocabulary learning into daily routines, read on!
***Learning activities below are part of "talking buddies" training in this study which showed an increase in the variety of words used when exposed for 25 minutes a week for 10 weeks.
3 Ways to Embed Vocabulary Growth at Home
Introduce rare words or new synonyms using the child's phrase. For example:
Child: It's really big!
Adult: Big! How else can we say "big"? What about "huge"!
Ask Open-Ended Questions
Encourage increased conversation by introducing open-ended questions (i.e. "WH" questions such as "who", "what", "where" and "when").
Child: Look Mama!
Adult: I'm looking! Can you tell me more about it?
Conclusion and Follow-up
Pick one of these practices to try during playtime this week! Notice which words your child uses during play. How many different words are they using? What types of words are they using most (e.g. verbs, nouns, pronouns, articles)?
Once you feel comfortable with your chosen method, expand to two methods, and later, all three.