During this time, it can be hard to think of new and interesting ways to practice your young child’s requesting or labeling skills. However, regular and consistent practice is vital for your child’s speech and language abilities because research shows that both therapist and parent-implemented interventions result in more progress towards a variety of goals (Graepel, 2020). Below is a list of some easy strategies to implement to encourage requesting, identifying, and labeling practice at home. These strategies are suggestions that I and other therapists would always encourage parents to utilize, despite social distancing. But they are especially important to implement now because your kids are with you and learning from you all day every day.
These are just a few ideas to help you and your family target your child’s speech and language goals while social distancing. Remember, making home practice a priority will help your child retain and improve on what they have already learned with their therapist.