Tips from Sensational Kids Speech & Language Therapist

Senior Speech & Language Therapist at Sensational Kids, Sarah Gorman provides some speech & language therapy tips:


Attention Tips: 

  • Keep activities brief or structure them into short blocks
  • Allow for regular breaks
  • Alternate between challenging and less challenging activities
  • Present one activity or idea at a time
  • Keep distractions to a minimum
  • Increase goals gradually
  • Ensure that tasks are meaningful and are within your child’srange of ability


Receptive Language Tips:

  • Use simple and concise language
  • Use pauses when speaking and go slow
  • Support language with gestures and visual cues
  • Give instructions as they are expected to happen
  • Allow for processing time – try not to repeat a sentence/instruction immediately
  • Turn questions into sentence starters where possible e.g. ‘The wolf lived in the…?’
  • Use strong/animated facial expressions to match language and model feelings


Expressive Language Tips:

  • Give your child your full attention when they want to speak
  • Use simple language to comment on activities while playing withyour child
  • Be patient and let them know that you will wait for them to get the message across
  • Listen and show interest by maintaining eye contact and using your child’s name
  • Expand your child’s comments – complete an utterance by adding in missing words
  • Add more information to what your child says
  • Confirm you have understood by paraphrasing, enabling your child to continue
  • Model the correct use of languagefor your child


Social Communication Tips:

  • Use visuals to reinforce good social communication skills, e.g. turn-taking
  • Explain why a particular behaviour is not appropriate using simple language
  • Simplify your language and explain any language that may have a hidden meaning
  • Establish social communication ‘rules’ and use visual reminders
  • Model good social communication, e.g. appropriate eye contact


Tips for Speech Sound Difficulties:

  • Repeat what your child says with a correct speech model
  • Try not to make your child repeat the words as drawing too much attention to mispronunciations is not always helpful
  • Ask questions around what your child is trying to say to gain more information
  • Repeat back the sentence to the point where you got lost to let your child know that they have been partially understood, encouraging them to tell you more
  • Encourage your child to tell you another way or show you
  • Communicate with your child face to face

To make an appointment with Sarah Groman for Speech & Language Therapy at Sensational Kids phone 045 520900 or email