You can turn coloring pages that your child enjoys into an effective, motivating tool for language therapy. And the good news is that it's quick and easy-to-make.
If you can find coloring books that are all about your child’s favorite character or TV show, then you’ve got some materials for language therapy.
If you can find just the right coloring book, I recommend that you get two if possible. One for your child to color, and one for you to turn into a therapy tool.
Or if you wish, you can buy just one and have your child color the pages before you use them for therapy. It’s your choice.
Whether it’s Barbie, Sponge Bob or Elmo, you can use her fascination with the character to teach her some basic language concepts. Imagine how this could crank up her level of motivation!
My son always loved Curious George when he was younger. We were reading those books for years.
So C’s occupational therapist happened to find a Curious George coloring book at the store and remembered that he liked that character.
She bought it, brought it to the clinic, and used it a couple of times for C’s occupational therapy.
Soon after that our speech therapist found the coloring book and went to work with it. She took out some of the pages and laminated them.
Once she filled a three-ring binder with the laminated coloring sheets, she had a brand new therapy tool, perfect for a Curious George fan.
Here’s how I would do this activity with my son. You can revise any of this that you wish to fit your own child’s needs.
You couldn’t ask for a simpler activity to assemble. The materials are easy to afford, easy to find, and easy to put together.
If you don’t have a laminator, you can always cover the pages with clear contact paper.
Another option is to use clear binder pockets. All you have to do is slip those coloring pages into clear binder pockets, and load the binder pockets into a three-ring binder.
So between the cost of the coloring books, the material for covering the pages, and a small three-ring binder, you’re looking at twenty dollars or less for great language therapy materials.
All the items you need for this activity are probably available at your local discount store. If not, you can get most if not all of them from Amazon.
Using such tools that our children can relate to could be yet another effective way to teach them better language skills. Because the more we can motivate them, the more they will want to participate and learn.
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