Citra Holiday Gift Giving Guide


Authors: Megan Reed & Megan Foster

Holiday Gift Giving Guide It’s December and the holidays are here! Check out a few speech and language enhancing gift ideas for your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild.

Books

Books are always a great gift and a great tool to use when targeting speech sounds and vocabulary. Consider making a personalized book that has your child’s specific target sound within them, personalized books can be very motivating.

Below are a few examples:

You could also use books to help with language development. Here are some ideas!

Games

Any Board game can be beneficial for turn taking. Finding games where there is only one person who wins (e.g. Ants in the Pants, Cooties, or Don’t Break the Ice) may help them learn how to be a graceful loser and winner. Other ideas are listed below:

  • Zingo – Good for building articulation skills, learning new site words.

  • Mr. Potato Head – Good for following directions, recognizing body parts, learning articles of clothing, colors.

  • Play farm – Good for expanding vocabulary, labeling, imitating animal sounds, understanding prepositions.

  • Play-Doh – Good for sensory processing, fine motor, syllable shaping, following commands, object identification.

  • LIFE – Good for building social skills and understanding life takes us in all different directions.

  • Story Cubes – Good for sequencing and creating stories.

References

Kaiser, A. P. & Hancock, T. B. (2003). Teaching parents new skills to support their young children’s development. Infants & Young Children, 16 (1), p.9-21.

Mackintosh, V. H., Myers, B. J., & Goin-Kochel, R. P. Sources of information and support used by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 12 (1). P. 41-52.

Tang, P. C. & Newcomb, C. (1998). Informing patients: A guide for providing patient health information. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 5 (6), p. 563- 570.

About Megan Reed, M.S. CF-SLP

Megan is a pediatric speech language pathologist. This is her first year at the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center providing group and individual speech therapy to toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. She understands each life is unique, and believes speech language pathology is an honorable profession that helps individuals maintain or regain their right to communicate effectively. She feels privileged to assist others with this fundamental human need. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University and received a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

About Megan Foster, M.S. CF-SLP

Megan is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. This is her first year in the pediatric outpatient facility where she provides individual, skilled speech therapy services to children ages 2 to 15 years old, with a wide variety of communication disorders and various cultural backgrounds. She possesses knowledge required for assessment and treatment of communication disorders across all populations by applying the best available research evidence, using expert clinical judgements, and considering clients’ individual preferences and values. She believes that working in the field of speech-language pathology is both, fun and extremely rewarding. She received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders at Marshall University, located in Huntington, West Virginia.


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