Most children with Down's Syndrome need SALT sessions to help them communicate more easily and speak more clearly. This can focus on the use of signing/Makaton, jaw position exercises and using certain types of cups, toys etc, or it can be about having fun with sounds and using visual ways to break down words.
I was a language teacher in a previous life, well, in my life before becoming a Mum. I used to teach English as a Foreign Language and that very often entailed helping students to produce quite tricky sounds in a fun and relaxed, even silly way.
I decided to take the same approach with Natty. She's been having trouble with ____sp words, such as crisp. They tended to come out as ____ps, or crips.
So, we took each syllable as a unit and reeeeeally exaggerated it, pulling funny faces and giggling as we went.
The P sound is what is called an unvoiced plosive, which basically means that lots of air shoots out of your mouth when you say it.
So, you can have masses of fun practising moving paper in front of your mouth, or, as we demonstrate here, blowing someone's hair around.
Watch Natty and I work on the word wasssssssssP at story time.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Fun with Speech Therapy
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I am a former language teacher, wife and Mum of 2 beautiful girls. I am also an expert in Down's Syndrome. I was thrown onto a crash degree course in the subject 6 years ago when our youngest child was born.
My mission is now to support and inspire new parents, show the world what is possible for our beautiful children and teach everyone that Down's Syndrome is not to be feared.