Summer is nearly here! As children eagerly await their break, many parents start to worry about skill regression. Parents know that summer vacations can result in missed therapy appointments and the long break from school can cause previously mastered skills to get a little rusty. We all know the best way to beat this regression is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, but who wants to “work” during summer break?
The trick to keeping your child from regressing during their summer break is to encourage them to PLAY! Yes, you read that correctly, play! Children learn best through play; and if you take a little extra time to ensure they are playing the right way, you won’t have to nag them to “do their exercises” or “practice their sight words”.
The first step in turning work into play is to be informed. Ask your child’s therapist or teacher to provide you with a list of skills your child needs to practice during the summer and then check out the activities below. You are sure to find a few that will work for you and your family!
If you are looking for an activity to work on fine or gross motor coordination consider these FUN card games to get your child up and moving with their friends…
Does your child need to work on playing cooperatively as well as increasing their gross and fine motor coordination and core strength? You won’t believe all the areas you can address with these Hula Hoop games!
Needing something to do with those old, worn out board games AND want to keep your child’s working memory, visual perceptual, self regulation, and attention skills up to par? Check out these great ideas for revamping your game closet!
These ideas may need a little more prep work and some help from your child’s speech therapist, but they are definitely worth the extra effort! Ask your speech therapist what sound or sounds she is targeting in articulation therapy and if she could send you home with some printable artic cards. Then, you will be all set to start with these fun activities!