Happy Halloween month! At BDI, the therapists have been incorporating Halloween vocabulary throughout their sessions! This simple activity of stickers and real image vocabulary card can be used to target all different areas of communication, fine motor skills, and visual processing. Targeting holiday specific vocabulary can help your child communicate in their community. Why? Because our kiddos are seeing Halloween items everywhere (i.e pumpkins on walks in their neighborhood to spooky spider displays at the grocery store)! The following are examples of ways to achieve different developmental goals by using the same activity.
Starting out, simply matching the animated sticker to the real image is a perfect way to help teach reality vs. fantasy and to make sure the child isn’t just memorizing one specific image!
The child imitates the vocabulary word and receives the sticker to mark as “complete”.
The child labels the Halloween card or sticker independently
If your child is a great talker but needs to work on his/her listening skills, you can ask your child questions! For example, you can ask your child “where is the cat?” or “which one is round and orange?”. Columns or rows can be covered to reduce the amount of items he or she is scanning.
After basic labeling is mastered, you can have your child be more descriptive with their request. The child can request the “black cat” sticker, “scary spider”, “two bats”, “silly pumpkin” etc.
“I want + vocabulary word” or “Can I have + vocabulary word”
“I want the purple hat”; “I want the scary ghost”
Try finding all the final /t/ sounds in these fun Halloween words!
Are you looking for more ideas on how to make every day activities a little more festive? Join our Talk and Groove class to learn about more ways to help your child develop their language and fine motor skills at home!