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Boo! Spooky games & activities to incorporate OT & ST at home.

BOO!

We’re a few months into the school year, the leaves are starting to turn, and the sweltering summer temperatures finally seem to have come to an end!

To welcome fall, and the spookiest holiday of the year, we wanted to list some killer interactive games and activities to help reinforce your child’s speech and occupational therapy learnings at home.

 Games

Storymatic Kids – $29.95 Amazon

A unique draw-a-card game, much like apples to apples, stimulates creativity by drawing character descriptors and story plot points – while you make up the rest. Best suited for those 5 and up this game is perfect for speech development:

  • build vocabulary
  • associate ideas to build a coherent story
  • collaborate with classmates on storytelling or writing goals
  • carryover for stuttering and articulation therapy
  • teach elements of a good story–characters, setting, problem, solution (the only 2                                                         rules for this game are that your character has to change through the story and                                                             stay alive)!)

Feed the Woozle – $19.99 Amazon

This is a fantastic, whimsical game, that incorporates movement, to target not only fine- and gross- motor learning, but articulation and social skills as well.

With increasing levels of difficulty, correlated to age or ability, this game is appropriate from toddlers on up.

Other recommended games. 

 

Activities

Receptive & Expressive Language Game

Wh- question fun! 1, 2

Spooky Articulation Activities2

Halloween Origami for /r/ sounds

 

40 fall-themed activities appropriate for OT skill development

Lacing Cards for motor skill development

Fine motor skills fun

Spider tracing & cutting

 

 

 

 

 

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Speech & Auditory Benefits | Adding them to your insurance, and receiving the most out of your care.

Our ability to perceive, express, and connect as humans, is tied to our communication skills; communication through active listening, and expression/speech “is essential to learning, working, and social interaction as well as achieving and maintaining independence” (ASHA) as individuals. When our auditory or speech-language abilities are impaired, all aspects of one’s life are impacted; access to speech, language, and hearing services is essential for holistic health and functionality – the cost of these added benefits is so much less than the cost of private care.

According to research done in partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):

  • Nearly 50 million Americans have a speech, language, or hearing disorder.
  • Approximately 30 million Americans have hearing loss and half of them are under the age of 50.
  • Two out of every 10 children will have some type of speech or hearing disorder.
  • 1 million Americans suffer brain damage each year from strokes, accidents, or brain tumors resulting in speaking and other communication disorders.

On average, ASHA states the cost to add speech-language and auditory benefits are less than 35 cents per member, per month“; ideal plans cover assessments, treatments, evaluation, management & devices.
          

To receive the maximum benefits from your provider/service – whether a speech pathologist, doctor, or massage therapist – it’s important to be as prepared as possible for your appointments. Whether bringing an additional ear/advocate, recording the session, providing prior records, or bringing questions – there are so many ways to maximize your service.

At SpeechRighter, we are committed to family consultation and communication, to ensure that all who receive services here walk away informed, and empowered. As always, if there’s anything we can do to further your experience, please let us know!

Resources for adding speech-language-hearing benefits to your policy. 

Resources for getting the most out of your appointment with your provider. 

Questions to ask your provider.

 

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Development: Steve Lienhard & Melody Sharp