Speech Therapy Articulation Activities
Kids who face difficulty in pronouncing specific sounds or words correctly can have articulation disorders. Any problem with articulation can lead to frustration in children with speech delays, as their problems makes it difficult for others to understand them. It is very important that a child affected with articulation disorder should immediately undergo a hearing test. This will help to rule out any hearing loss as being responsible for articulation disorder. Speech therapy articulation activities can help children to overcome their problem. This helps them to build their confidence. Read on to know more about speech therapy articulation activities.
1. Talking in front of a mirror
Most children with articulation disorder don’t know how to move their mouths properly to make the correct sounds. One can try talking while standing in front of a mirror to see how his or her mouth moves when trying to produce specific sounds. A speech pathologist can articulate specific sound correctly to give the affected child an example of how his or her mouth should look like. Also, the therapist can point out the differences in the way the child moves his or her mouth.
2. Mouth Strengthening
Doctors believe that articulation disorders often occur due to weak tongue and mouth muscles. An affected child can follow simple yet effective exercises to strengthen the tongue and mouth muscles which helps immensely in his or her articulation. Chewing food or gum which requires extra chewing can also help in strengthening the muscles of the mouth. Even using a straw to suck fluids or drinks can strengthen the mouth muscles.
3. Flash Cards for Articulation Therapy
Flash cards help the affected child to concentrate on the sounds which he or she has difficulty with. Speech therapists and parents can make it more entertaining by doing an activity with the kids. Children can have a candy after correctly saying specific number of sounds indicated on the flash cards.