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Hi everyone. This post is a shout out to Outside of the Box Speech up in Hoboken, NJ. They support children’s language and social skill development through sensory-based exploration, literacy and play. Please check out their blog post (copied below). Links to their social media as well as contact info listed at the end of the post too.
"It’s a fact: movement makes learning more fun! At Out of the Box Speech, we’re always looking for creative, fun ways to get kids engaged in activities to improve their speech and language skills. Bonus points, if the activity is something that can be built into their routine at home to carryover those skills into every day! Exercise and physical activities may already be a part of your everyday routine at home. Use that routine to support your child’s speech and language skills
Exercise not part of your families’ routine? Don’t stress yourself out! We’re all about keeping things simple and concrete, especially for little ones that struggle with change. Always check with your doctor to see if a new form of exercise is safe for you and your family. Start small! 5 to 10 minutes of movement-based activities can provide many opportunities to improve your child’s speech and language skills.
Here are a few tips on how to use the health benefits of exercise to boost speech and language skills:
Namaste! Get Zen with Yoga: Yoga is a great way to improve regulation, maintain focus and engage in active learning. When possible, support your child by presenting poses with a visual. Many yoga poses are named for real-life objects--mountain, tree, cat, downward dog. Visuals will definitely spark conversation about how the names of poses connect to both the shape the body makes in them and the objects they’re named for. Label movements and review vocabulary as you move through poses! Practice following directions and sequencing skills by selecting poses for you and your child to do together! Incorporate belly-breathing to reduce anxiety and improve breath support for speaking! One of the best parts about yoga is that it doesn’t require any materials and can be done in a small space.
Let out your inner American Ninja Warrior and make an at-home obstacle course: Obstacles courses can easily be adapted to your child’s needs, age, and the materials you have at home. All you have is some leftover painter’s tape from a DIY project? Tape shapes and different types of lines to your floor and have your child keep their toes on the tape at all times! Feeling adventurous and crafty? Set up a box tunnel or pillow mountain! Not only will an obstacle course bring on the fun and giggles, but the opportunities to expand your child’s language are built right into the activities. Review action words, such as “jump” and “balance.” Incorporate prepositions, like “under” and “through.” Build your child’s creativity by having them make an obstacle course for you or a sibling to follow. Want to improve your child’s teamwork skills? Make it a group activity and collaborate on the different obstacles that you’ll have to complete as a family.
Put on your dancing shoes and have a dance party: Dancing is a great way to get moving! Turn your dance party into a language-learning opportunity by playing freeze dance or copying each other’s dance moves. It’s a simple way to work on following directions and sequencing. Work on flexibility and making requests by taking turns using visuals or words to request songs! Dancing is also a great way to work on bigger concepts, such as fast/slow and stop/go.
Get those creative juices flowing and build your own workout: Like with yoga, provide your child with visuals with different active or silly moves. Then, pick out pictures to build the perfect workout. Start simple and pick 2-4 moves and as your child becomes familiar with the workout, increase the number of moves. Review action words, such as “slithering like a snake,” “jumping” and “walking like a crab.” Use sequencing words, such as “First, we do five jumping jacks and then, we hop on one foot.” Making your own workout can be a wonderful social activity and you can incorporate rating scales, team challenges and allow all family members to take turns adding moves to the workout. Work together and break a sweat!
Exercise and physical activities are great ways to activate the brain, maintain focus and work on teamwork all while supporting and developing your child’s speech and language skills. You have the flexibility to make the activities as simple or as complex as you’d like to best fit the needs of your child. We hope you feel empowered to get out there and incorporate movement into your child’s everyday routine. Ready, set, go make learning fun!
Out of the Box Speech is a speech therapy private practice based out of Hoboken, NJ. They support children’s language and social skill development through sensory-based exploration, literacy and play. Most of all, they believe learning language should be FUN! Due to Covid-19, they have recently begun providing individual and group teletherapy services. You can find them at www.outoftheboxspeech.com. Come say “Hi!” or get some inspiration for fun at-home language activities on their Instagram @outoftheboxspeech!