How you can help your child at home
″Create a shopping list together, shop together, ask your child to find certain items, put them away together.
″Involve your child in things that lead to organizing, following directions, determining reasons, sequencing AND ask your child to retell what you asked to be done
″Select books together and before reading to your child, have your child predict the story by just looking through all the pictures and then tell you his/her story; read the story and compare and contrast
″Create a family calendar together of events for the week or for the month
″Following recipes or steps to a craft project can improve sequencing and language comprehension skills. Having your child teach a parent or sibling a recipe, rules to a game or steps to a craft project can aid in expressive language skills and sequencing.
″Games such as "Guess Who" and "20 Questions" aid in verbal reasoning and provide practice in asking appropriate questions. "20 Questions" also challenge auditory memory skills.
″Board games such as "Outburst Junior," "Tri-Bond," "Scattergories," and "Twenty-Five Words or Less," help increase vocabulary, understanding of categories and word retrieval skills.
″Choose books of interest to read to your child and each page or paragraph (depending on the age of your child) ask comprehension questions, such as who, what, when, where, why, and how. If they have difficulty with answers teach them by modeling what a "where" answer sounds like; add information to your child's answers.
″Play categorization games with your child, ex. Name as many animals, sports, colors, etc. (in one minute) as you can. For a more advanced twist to the game, give them a letter; their list may only contain items that start with that letter. Teach your child what to do and say if they don't know an answer. Start by asking them what they do know if they answer, "I don't know."
″Play same/different games with your child. State two items, ex. popsicle and ice cream cone, ask how the two items are the same and different.
″Practice sequencing with your child. A couple of different ways: cut out cartoons after you read them to your child and have your child put them in the correct order and tell the story; ask them to re-tell a story, encourage them to use terms such as, first, second, third, and then, next, last; use a real life situation such as, "tell me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich."