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Speech & Language Tips related to "Marine Madness"

Splash

Make a splash in your child’s speech and language development this month by using marine inspired activities to help their communication skills develop!

Speech sounds

Try making “water sounds” with your voice to encourage your child’s ability to say /s/, /s/ blends and /sh/. This is a fun thing to do whilst engaging in water play.

You could describe how a sea creature moves into and through water, how the tap sounds while it fills the bath or bucket, or even they sound they make when they jump into the pool, “Splash!”

Encourage your child to listen and watch how you say the sounds to improve how they say it.

Practice saying the names of sea creatures, starting with short names (e.g. lobster) and then move on to more difficult names, e.g. anemone, crustaceans.

Language

Talk about how to define different marine creatures, where they live, how they feed, their habitat and how they lay eggs. Think about how to describe the features of marine life and how certain fish or creatures got their unusual names. Use specific language to talk about the various aspects of this topic.

Some games and activities to share:

  • Interesting and colourful books can be found in the local library or in bookstores. Depending on the age of your child, you could select pop-up or informational books to read to your child.

  • Sing nursery rhymes together and do the actions (e.g. Three little fishies, A sailor went to sea, sea, sea).

  • Play games e.g. “Jolly Octopus”.

  • Creative Arts - invent a sea creature and make it out of recyclables or make your child’s favourite sea creature together.

  • Walk along the beach and search for shells and rocks.

  • Investigate rock-pools together.

Pre-literacy skills

  • Counting syllables: Tap out the number of syllables in the names of sea creatures, e.g., urchin -> 2 beats / syllables.

  • Associate the sounds you hear in the words that are used in this topic to their alphabetical form, e.g. Octopus -> “O”.

  • Talk about the first and last sounds you hear in the names of sea creatures.

  • Make-up rhyming words for sea creatures.

Most of all… have fun talking about this topic!

If you would like further information about any of the above information, please contact Catherine on 0417 255 062.

Catherine Downs

Catherine Downs

Catherine Down is Platinum Pre School's preffered Speech Pathologist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood speech development. Catherine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech - Language - Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties.

To find out more about Catherine's services or to book an appointment, please call Catherine on 0417 255 062 or visit her website - www.cdsp.com.au

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