Communication Temptations #talkingtip

Communication Temptations #talkingtip

In order for a child to develop speech, he/she needs to be motivated or tempted to use words or sounds. Opportunities need to be set up where the child wants to vocalize. Speech Therapists use communication temptations to help teach a child to recognize that when he/she uses his/her voice, it causes something to happen. you can do this too! Here are some ideas…

  • Sleeping game— Pretend you are sleeping (make it fun-exaggerate your responses—snoring, etc) and wait for your child to verbalize “up", “ugg” etc and then pop up. This will cause your child to recognize that when he/she uses his/her voice, it causes something to happen.


  • Place favourite toys or Snacks out of reach but within vision (i.e. on top shelf of refrigerator or cabinet) so that chi Id cannot get to it by him/herself. He/she'll need to come to you and communicate (eg. point, sign or vocalize). Put some crackers/cookies in a Tupperware container that the child cannot open alone. He/she‘ll need to ask you for “help” “open”, “more”


  • Blow bubbles from a jar, then put the top on veg tightly and hand the jar to the child. Wait for a vocalization or encourage him/ her to imitate a sign/word.


  • Balloons - blow up a balloon and let the air out by letting it fly around the room. Them blow it up again but hold it and wait for the child to say "more", “go"


  • Blanket game — cover yourself with a blanket while the child is watching, then pop out and say “boo!", “see you!", etc. Do this two times. On the third time, cover yourself but don't pull the blanket off until you hear the child make a sound/word. Then pop out and reward them with smiles and tickles.


  • During snack-time, purposefully give the child something he/she does not want. For example, give him/her a cup with no juice in it, a cracker with no peanut butter on it, an empty bowl, a straw instead of a spoon to eat applesauce. These things will encourage the child to communicate to you. “open”, “more”, ‘food”


  • Play rough-house and movement games (twirling, upside—down, play wrestling, etc.) and then stop the action and wait for a vocalization before continuing the game “more”, “again

Posted: Monday 25 March 2019