So my attempt to integrate speech and language targets into daily life starts with a few golden rules. The targets chosen by your speech and language therapist are those that your child is ready to learn, but has not yet picked them up from daily interactions. They require a little work by your child with the support of you and the therapist.
Exposing the weaknesses in your child’s language can have a negative impact on self esteem. By outlining ideas on how easy it is go integrate targets into daily life does not mean that you work on targets continuously during the day. This may well result in your child fearing the next interaction.
Golden Rule 1: Every day choose one and only one activity that you will work on targets!! This is achievable for you and achievable for your child.
An important golden rule: Always always end on a positive! Which is ending while your child is achieving! You are better off cutting an activity short to end on a positive rather than continuing the task and becoming exhausted and frustrated. Stop while your ahead is a good rule of thumb!
Involve siblings and friends where possible! Siblings and friends are natural models.
It may seem like I am stating the obvious but the most important rule of all is HAVE FUN! The more fun you and your child is having the more he/she is learning and the less it feels like work.
1. One activity
2. End on a positive
3. Have fun!