Every parent knows how cute those mispronunciations of toddlers and preschoolers are that make you smile even well after they stop saying them. In fact, I have a quote book I keep at my bedside that I use to record all those adorable things they say each week just so I can always remember the little things of childhood.
But, how do you know when that cute speech turns into a problem?
For me, that was the day my daughter and I were doing letter sounds. We were on the letter V trying to think of all the words that we knew that started with the letter and I said “V like vacuum.” My daughter looked confused for a minute and said “V? Va Va Bacuum?”
So, we started talking about speech and my daughter told me that sometimes the kids at school didn’t understand her. She told me about the time she needed a towel because paint was dripping everywhere and every time she asked for one everyone would say “cow?” not understanding what she needed.
Right then I knew we needed to start speech therapy, and the sooner the better. So, I spoke with her teacher and started the process a few weeks ago so we can get her specialized help that will make it easier for her to communicate and begin reading.
But, while we’re still waiting on her school to figure out when we can have her start, I did my own research so I could start my own program at home. After talking to the school speech therapist and a few friends who have children with speech issues, I found a company called Super Duper Publications that focuses on learning games for those with speech issues, and ordered up a set of games that we can play at home – both while we’re waiting for official therapy to start and also to help supplement her curriculum.
What is really great about these games is that she doesn’t even know that she’s learning. Whereas her peers are playing games without much more to them than finding a matching color or spinning a wheel, my daughter is doing our own speech therapy training in a way that makes it feel natural and fun. Trust me when I say there’s definitely more giggling and excited squeals than when I work with her on homework.
Just in time for the holiday season, Super Duper has chosen their top 10 toys that are perfect for those with speech or language problems. With an extensive catalog of learning games and toys, I can imagine that picking just 10 items was a difficult task, but the language specialists did a wonderful job and even had three of the games we were recommended on their list!