It’s the new year! We hope everyone had a memorable 2016. Now is the time to plan some goals for 2017!
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This is a great activity to do with your child because not only will your child be working on formulating future tense sentences, but you will also get to hear about his hopes and dreams for the coming year. Sit down with your child and tell him you are going to write some New Year’s Resolutions. You can start by making a list of your own New Year’s Resolutions. This will give your child an example of what is expected and will help your child get comfortable with sharing this information with you. Make sure that all of your resolutions use future tense verbs and correct grammar. For example, your list might say “I will go to the gym three times per week” instead of “go to gym more”. This will help your child gain a better grasp on the future tense. If your child is struggling with coming up with ideas, try asking your child what things he likes to do. Then say, “Do you want to do that again this year?” If he says yes, go ahead and formulate the sentence for him and write it down. It’s good to write these down for your child even if he can’t read yet so he gets exposure to writing and text.
Have your child ask other people about their New Year’s Resolutions. Asking questions with the correct word order and meaning is something that is often difficult for children with speech and language delays. Help your child practice the question “What are your New Year’s resolutions” or “What are you going to do this year?” Then, have your child go ask that question to a variety of familiar people. This will be a great way to improve your child’s ability to ask questions as well as her social skills!
If you are looking to plan some goals for you or your child’s speech in the upcoming year, contact a speech-language pathologist such as Christine Wilson!