Speech & Language Skills at Home
Language Comprehension Strategies
- Print/make a graphic organizer to keep track of details
- Ask questions while you read
- Take notes in a notebook to remember details/questions
- Use the 12 Visualizing & Verbalizing (V&V) structure words to help picture what you read:
Language Memory Strategies
- Quietly repeat things back to yourself
- Paraphrase what you heard back to the speaker
- Take notes when listening to multi-step directions
- Use self-advocacy skills to ask the speaker to clarify or repeat what they said
- See if the V&V structure words help you to remember things you’ve seen or read
- Look for things in your environment that you don’t know the word for and find it out!
- Play I Spy to describe things you see
- Use the V&V structure words to help you to describe what you see. Can you use all the words?
- Think of synonyms for the descriptive words you chose. Use thesaurus.com if you get stuck!
Expressive Language Skills
- When you make art, write a story or poem about what you make
- Use a graphic organizer to help structure your story
- Use the V&V words to expand your sentences
- Use thesaurus.com to find synonyms
Clear Speech Strategies
- Use good posture when speaking
- Make eye contact with the person you’re talking to
- Speak up (use your teacher voice)
- Move your mouth when you talk
- Slow down!
- Look for signs that your listener is understanding you (they are nodding or responding)
- If it looks like they don’t understand, repeat yourself or rephrase