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SLP Mommy of Apraxia: Speech & Language with puzzles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Speech & Language with puzzles

Sorting is an important foundational skill that sets up the building blocks for logical thinking and organizing.  These skills are necessary for later educational development in math (i.e. order of operations, geometry), reading (identifying main idea and relevant details), and writing (developing a topic sentence and organzing relevant details).

Most parents have simple puzzles like this at home.  When my daughter was two, I held the pieces and gave her two choices.  She would have to make a sound or word approximation (because of the severe apraxia) to request and then I would give her a piece and she would find the appropriate place.

Now that she is 4, I laid out the pieces as you see below, and she sorted them using a sentence: "A cat is a pet."  "A tiger is a zoo animal."

To promote pre-literacy skills (exposure to print, print awareness), I wrote the name of the category on a sticky note and put it above the puzzle.

That's it!  Happy playing!

Skills addressed:
Expressive language
Early-literacy skills

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At July 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM , Blogger Susan said...

Thanks for the ideas and information. My son just turned two and has been in speech therapy for a couple of months. After asking his therapist if she suspected apraxia we have been in overdrive trying to learn as much as possible to help him. We are now scheduled for therapy two days per week. I believe the therapy is working but want to make sure we are doing more!

At July 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Laura Smith said...

Hi Susan! Thanks for the comment! I also have an fb page where I post ideas for home since I'm also working with a little one at home! Hope you find the ideas helpful!

At July 25, 2014 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Kim & Alex said...

You are a good therapist, Laura! I try to do the same. We love puzzles here. Then we add in the receptive language. Give me the one that says baa, or has a tail, or lives... :)

At July 25, 2014 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Laura Smith said...

Thanks Kim! Yes, great idea to incorporate receptive!


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