June Updates: Embrace Summer with Improved Communication

Written by Team TE

June 3, 2024

Content By: Julia Ambrose | Therapeutic Endeavors Intern

Welcome to June! As we step into the warmth of summer, it’s the perfect time to focus on enhancing communication skills for you and your loved ones. At Therapeutic Endeavors, we believe that every season brings new opportunities for growth and connection. Here’s what we have in store for June!

Group Activities for Social Communication

Playdates with a Purpose: Organize playdates with friends. Structured group activities like board games or collaborative projects can help children practice turn-taking, sharing, and using social language.

Summer Camps: Look for local summer camps that focus on social skills or offer activities like drama or public speaking. These camps provide a fun environment to practice communication in a group setting.

Community Events: Attend local fairs, festivals, or library events. These outings can be great for practicing social interactions, asking questions, and engaging in conversations with new people

Encourage reading this summer with our curated list of books that promote language development. Reading together not only improves literacy but also provides an opportunity for bonding and conversation. Our top picks include:

  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • “Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Summer Communication Tips

 

Group Activities for Social Communication

Playdates with a Purpose: Organize playdates with friends. Structured group activities like board games or collaborative projects can help children practice turn-taking, sharing, and using social language.

Summer Camps: Look for local summer camps that focus on social skills or offer activities like drama or public speaking. These camps provide a fun environment to practice communication in a group setting.

Community Events: Attend local fairs, festivals, or library events. These outings can be great for practicing social interactions, asking questions, and engaging in conversations with new people

 Outdoor Activities for Better Communication

Nature walks and Talks: Take a stroll through a park or nature trail and turn it into a learning experience. Describe the scenery, identify plants and animals, and discuss your observations. This can help expand vocabulary and improve descriptive language skills.

Beach Conversations: A day at the beach offers many opportunities for language development. Build sandcastles and narrate the process, talk about the ocean, and play word games like “I Spy” with beach-themed items.

Picnic Chats: Enjoy a picnic and use the time to engage in conversations. Discuss the food you brought, the surroundings, and plans for the rest of the day. Use descriptive words and encourage your child to ask and answer questions.

The Importance of Outside Play

Getting outside is great for speech therapy! Outdoor activities offer natural and stimulating environments for practicing communication skills. Whether at a park, beach, or nature trail, the relaxed setting makes speech exercises fun and less stressful. Embrace the fresh air and sunny days, and watch your communication skills grow!

Storytelling Sessions: Create a storytelling corner at home. Use picture books or makeup stories together. Please encourage your child to use their imagination and practice sequencing by telling stories with a beginning, middle, and end.

Crafty Conversations: Engage in arts and crafts projects. While creating, discuss the materials you’re using, the steps you’re taking, and the final product. This can help improve expressive language and follow directions.

Cooking Together: Involve your child in the kitchen. Reading recipes, measuring ingredients, and discussing the cooking process can enhance language skills. It’s also a great way to practice following multi-step directions Importance of Indoor Play

The Importance of Indoor Play

Indoor activities play a crucial role in speech therapy! They provide a controlled environment where specific skills can be targeted and practiced. Activities like storytelling, arts and crafts, and cooking allow for focused language development and following multi-step directions. The structured setting helps reinforce learning and makes it easy to integrate therapy into daily routines. Enjoy the comfort of indoor activities and watch your communication skills flourish!

Both outdoor and indoor activities play vital roles in speech therapy, each offering unique benefits to overall communication development. Outdoor activities provide a natural, stimulating environment perfect for practicing descriptive language and social interactions in a relaxed setting. On the other hand, indoor activities offer a controlled space for targeted skill-building through structured exercises like storytelling and cooking. By combining the advantages of both settings, you can create a well-rounded approach to speech therapy that makes learning enjoyable and effective. Embrace the diverse opportunities each environment provides and watch your communication skills thrive year-round.

To stay updated on more tips and strategies, follow us on social media and visit our website regularly. We support your journey with valuable resources and inspiring success stories. Please stay connected with us for all the latest in speech therapy!

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