• Mrs. Mandell  
    Speech/Language Department  
    Fun in Speech/Language Therapy                                                 
    The children continue to  work hard listening to stories,  following directions, and retrieving words and information.  
    Here are a few cueing strategies  for word retrieval.
    1. Phonemic: state the intial sound of the target word ( say /r/  to elicit "rake."
    2. Synonym: state another word  for the target word (say "large" or "big" to elicit "big.")
    3. Sentence Completion: use a closuze format ( say "open the ______ " to elicit "door.")
    4. Definition: state definitions of the target word ( say, "a bed for a baby is called a _____ to elicit "crib.")
    How to Improve Your Child's Listening Skills
    1. Listen attentively, with a body posture that suggests interest.  Answer questions and add new information about the topic.
    2. Set aside a daily sharing time with your child.  Sit down together in a quiet room with the TV off. This tells your child your are sincerely interested.  Your child will want to listen and share.  Gradually this will become a habit and that can benefit your child throughout his life.
    3. Communicate directions and questions so they are understandable.  Speak slowly and in a soft voice.  Children soon quit listening when the message is too hard to understand. 
    May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
    May, Better Hearing and Speech Month, is a great time to take a close look at your child's ability to speak clearly. Learning to say all sounds correctly is a gradual process and often a young child's pronunciation of sounds is endearing and not a cause for concern. However, if your child's speech sounds significantly different from his age peers, or he frequently avoids talking because he is hard to understand, he may have a speech sound disorder.