Phlat Ball - Speech Therapy Toys & How To Use Them!
Focus: Phlat ball
communicating with others
Communication: how the themes/ ideas of the toy encourages or give opportunities to practise social interactions
understanding of lanuage comes before talking
Understanding skills – words, sentences, ideas/themes/concepts, reading/literacy skills
spoken speech & language
Speech: saying sounds, exclamations, words, sentences, stories. Making gestures & facial expressions.
Pop, boom, wee, (as the Phlat ball pops up)
/p/ is an early developing sound and so words like “pop” are great first words to encourage. Encourage them to look at how your lips are squeezed together as you are “busting” to say “pop” as you are waiting for the ball to pop. /p/ is said with a build of air pressure behind the lips and so “holding” it back before popping out the /p/ sound encourages this sound pressure. Simliarly you can use a phrase “pop up” to encourage more /p/ sounds. Also early words like “go” are great as lots of children under three will say a /d/ for a /g/ sound – “go” -> “do”… You can model or practise the /g/ sound by repeating the/g/ sound as you are anticipating the ball to pop: “g,g,g,g,g,g,…GO”;
Names of action words: see above (rolling, tossing, flicking, exploding, changing, waiting)
Describing words: hard, flat, not bouncy, round, colours,
Other words: now, soon, going to, nearly, yet
- Saying Sentences: Encourage them to repeat sentences at a length that matches their ability after you say it – after a few times of reading the book can they say the words and sentences by themselves?
- By choosing words with different endings will help build spoken grammatical words eg popping, flatter, edges (word endings –ing, -er, plural ‘s’). These can then be put into sentences: rolling the ball (action word + a thing)The ball IS flat, The ball IS NOT popping (important little words – “is; pronouns – “he”)The ball popped in the air. The ball IS taking a long time. (encouraging longer sentences by adding a thing or a place)Sentences like "If I push it hard, it will take a long time", "It won’t roll because it is flat" helps develop the use of joining words ( e.g, “and”, “because”, “so”, If)
- Saying more: Explain why they think it stays flat. Explain why it takes sometimes a long time and sometimes a short time to pop. Predict what might happen if we put something on top of the flat ball. What might happen if we put our fingers in the spaces when it is flat? What things are round and what things are flat.
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