By Gina Cato, Chief Speech-Language Pathologist with contributions from the Center's Speech department
- Work on following auditory directions in the child’s classroom. For example, practice following classroom routines such as, “Turn in your paper and line up for lunch.” Practice placing items in various locations when the client hears directions, such as, “Put the truck on the shelf,” or “Put the puzzle on the table.”
- Use photos of the client’s school environment to teach vocabulary and practice articulation goals. For example, use photos of the school fish, the classroom shelf, and a toy elephant to practice the /f/ sound and improve receptive / expressive classroom vocabulary. For children who need alternative / augmentative communication, place photos on a small, metal ring or in a photo album.
- If the child’s goal is to improve listening comprehension, borrow books from the classroom teacher’s weekly library to read with the child during therapy. The child may be more likely to answer questions about a story in the classroom if she’s familiar with the vocabulary in the story.
- If the child is working on answering “where” questions, have the child answer questions about items in the classroom. For example, ask, “Where do I find crayons?” The child says, “in the box.” Find the items in the classroom according to the information the child gives you. The child has instant feedback about how accurately he answered your “where” questions.