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Communication and Summer Activities

Summer can be full of delightful opportunities for children with speech delays, articulation problems or communication difficulties. Families can learn how to encourage children to expand the ways they do communicate; we can be more careful listeners as well as more enthusiastic or thoughtful responders.

During the school year, even very young children may be asked to do what is most difficult for them instead of having the opportunity to build the skills they already have to express their interests and preferences. Having a summer break and new activities that create an atmosphere of relaxation and acceptance might be just the chance they need to discover their strengths and progress in areas that we never expected.

To attempt more natural supports or encourage different abilities in a child with communication challenges, there are many resources, books and advisors online who can inspire and teach us. Sometimes it helps to schedule in times to just relax and enjoy our children just as they are, giving them a break from our hopes and concerns about them. Like the rest of us, appreciation and delight is a welcome break from the stress of expectations, busy schedules and constant evaluation.

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Steps for implementing referencing - What You Can Do to Help a Child Communicate Better - Brooks Publishing Newsletter

My Child's Interactive Life - Communicating Partners -Dr. James D MacDonald

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Family Village - Communication Disorders Resources

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