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QUICK way to support your Child's Speech Sound Development During the Hustle & Bustle of the Holiday Season

We get it - the holiday season can be a whirlwind of joy and, well... sometimes a bit overwhelming! ūüėČ So, let's keep it brief. I've got ONE simple way for you to support your child's speech development during this bustling time of year.

Ready? Here it is: Set aside 5 minutes to ASK THEM.

Yep, just ask them how they feel about those sound errors. To make it super easy, here's a festive list of questions to consider:

  • "Do you notice when the speech sound comes out funny? Does it frustrate you?"
  • "Do friends have a hard time understanding you? Does that bug you?"
  • "Do you want to learn how to shape your mouth to say that sound?"
  • "Have you ever tried to say that sound differently? Do you want my help?"
  • "You are so good at a lot of sounds. Want to play a game with me where we start with a sound you’re good at and then shape it into that tricky one? (Reply to this email with the sound your child is working on, and I will give you a good starting point)"
  • "Do you know that a lot of kids are learning how to say sounds and that it’s okay to still be learning?"
  • "Did you know that the MOST important thing is that you keep trying to talk, even when it doesn’t always come out clear?"
  • "Do you feel like that sound is getting easier when you practice at school (in speech therapy)?"
  • "Is it hard to say that sound correctly? Show me where it feels hard?"
  • "Can you hear the difference between the way you say the ____ sound and the way that I am saying it now?"

These questions can provide valuable insight into your child's perspective and guide both of you as you move forward. It's all about increasing awareness! Give it a try.

And if this list sparks more questions on your end, please hit reply and let me know. I'm here to help, and no question is too silly.

Wishing you a joyful and speech-filled holiday season!

Sending Magic,

Ashley

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