Arts and crafts projects with children of all ages are a wonderful way to work on speech sound production and language goals (including answering WH-questions, sequencing and procedural narration, among others). Pictured here is a simple Hannakah menorah I made with a toddler. In addition to being culturally inclusive, this project enabled me to work with the little girl on final consonant production as she was challenged at the end of our session to request pinK, greeN or oraNGE color candles to stick into the marshmallows she had glued onto the aluminum foil-covered piece of cardboard during the session's start. Happy Holidays to all!
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.