Swinging into Summer!
Summertime is in full swing and nothing has proven that more than the temperatures this past week.
I have an 11 month old son, and for anyone that has an 11 month old (or any age child for that matter!), you know how important it is to keep them entertained inside when it is too hot to go to the pool, playground, or park. As the temperature rose and reached the 100 degree mark day after day last week, the need for finding fun indoor activities became even more important, since it was too hot to do anything outside for too long.
As a speech and language pathologist, I am always looking for the language learning opporunities during playtime. This includes when I am playing with my son. One of the indoor playtime activities I did this past week to entertain my son was "golfing." I recently bought him a golf club set, which included a few clubs, a golf "bag", some golf balls, and 2 holes with accompanying flags, and I couldn't wait to see what he was going to do with it and how he would like it.
He LOVED it!
I didn't anticipate on two things when I bought the golf club set:
1.How much he was going to love "golfing" (really, he was just whacking at the ball, but he was making contact!)
2. How many language learning opportunities there would be with this golf club set!
During our golf time, we worked on choices (did he want the putter or the driver?), modeling speech production ("putter.../p/ or driver..../d/"), describing ("you hit the ball so hard!" or "wow, you hit the ball close to the hole"), prepositions ("the ball is under the chair" or "good try, but the ball went behind you"), object permanence ("where did the ball go.....there it is!"), requesting ("more", as in, he was requesting to hit the ball again), and negation ("No, don't hit the tv with the golf club!!").
These are just a few examples of how I was able to build language learning opportunities into this casual playtime with my son. All the language skills we worked on during play are important for his future language growth and development. And, he didn't even realize we were working on developing his language skills, because, to him, we were just playing some golf!
Check back to our blog for more summertime activities to help beat the heat, that are fun for everyone, and will also work on building speech and language skills at the same time!