Bubbles are a great way for parents to practice speech therapy at home. Aside from being fun for your child, there are a number of ways to use bubbles to promote language skills and language development. Here are our top 10 ways to use bubbles for language development:
1. Use bubbles to promote eye contact.
Watch as your child anticipates more bubbles and wait for eye contact before you blow the bubbles and as they float around the room.
2. Use bubbles to stimulate your child to make a request.
Blow some bubbles, screw the lid on tight, and hand them to your child. Wait and see what they do. If after trying to open the bubbles themselves unsuccessfully, they hand them back to you for help, they have just made a request. Take this request further by asking questions like, “Do you want me to blow more bubbles?”
3. Use bubbles to teach sign language.
There are a number of signs that you can teach your child with bubbles. Some include open, wet, again, want, bubble, please, all done, big, small, etc.
4. Use bubbles to teach a sound.
Exaggerate some sounds like the m sound for more, the b sound for bubbles, and the p sound for pop.
5. Use bubbles to teach a word.
Just as you might have done for signing, use words likebubbles, more, again, want, pop, all done, fun, please, and whatever else you can work into the activity to expand their vocabulary.
6. Use bubbles to teach turn taking.
Practice your turn, my turn with bubbles! You may also include teaching children the sign for these words at the same time.
7. Use bubbles to teach lip rounding.
When your child blows bubbles through the wand watch the shape of their lips. If they are round, then great! If not, try squeezing their cheeks forward to encourage the roundness. Another trick is to get a wide straw cut down to 2 inches, and have them blow into the straw at the wand to make bubbles. Straws are perfect for positioning their lips into the correct posture for blowing. Use this same positioning to practice words with w,oo, or o sounds.
8. Use bubbles to strengthen the tongue for the k, g, and ng sounds.
Blowing bubbles exercises the tongue for sounds produced in the back of the mouth.
9. Use bubbles to strengthen abdominal muscles for sustained speech.
Strong ab muscles can help increase sentence length so work with your child to blow longer streams of bubbles.
10. Use bubbles because they are fun, kids love them, and they engage your child!
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Have a good day!
Amy Reno MS-CCC-SLP