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Not All Talk Speech Pathology - Newsletter 2, 2016
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Easter is a wonderful time to work on your child's speech and language skills.

Easter is coming...

... and with it, the chocolate bunnies and eggs are already breeding like... rabbits.
Before you worry too much about the sugar high, take a moment to look through our activity ideas on how you can use Easter as an excellent opportunity to get your children talking, learning, and having fun at the same time.
Practice sorting Easter eggs into categories. E.g. colours, sizes, patterns.
Talk about eggs being the 'same' or 'different' and describe what you are both seeing.
Take this opportunity to show your child how to put words together or how to add detail to their sentences.
I see ___ .
This egg is ___ and ___.
This egg is smaller/larger than that egg.
Does the Easter Bunny get creative and hide eggs in odd places at your home too?
My children love to reenact the egg hunt over and over again, by hiding their own eggs around the home or in the backyard. I get them to give each other clues on where the eggs are, for example: 'it is under the bed', or 'the red egg is on the slide'. Encourage your child/children to take turns giving the clue and following the clue. Help younger children by giving them a model of what to say, or by extending what they say into a longer, more complete utterance.
 
Do you or your family dye eggs for Easter?
Have your child practice writing letters, their name or even numbers on the eggs with a white crayon before you dye them. A nice touch might be writing nanny or grandpa's initials on the egg, or their 'titles', eg: 'pop'.
This activity works on much more than pre-reading, spelling and writing skills. You can practice giving your child simple or complex instructions to follow too.
 
I hope you have some extra ideas for developing your child's language skills over Easter.
Did anyone notice that these activities can be completed
without the use of chocolate? - win!




 
Before we go, we've been extra busy this month - planning for Autism Awareness month.
April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Please click here for a link to our bonus newsletter with tips and strategies to support children with (and without Autism).
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Chantelle Jade Mortimer | Principal Speech Pathologist
Email: chantelle@notalltalk.com.au
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