As an inexpensive tool for parents to help their children work at home, Language Lessons - From Listening to Conversation by Super Star Speech was written "to help parents work with children who have minor articulation delays and errors."
"Language Lessons will not enable you to do actual "language therapy" with your child, as that is something that only a qualified speech language pathologist can provide. However, it includes over 140 pages of ideas and activities to use with your child that will help to improve his or her listening skills, memory, vocabulary, grammatical skills, and conversation."
This ebook is filled with practical information and helps. Starting with "Does my Child have a language disorder" followed by guidelines, articulation sounds by age plus age appropriate activities for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children.
*Exercises and activities to stimulate and improve language skills in children with normal or delayed language abilities.
*Additional practice exercises for children who are already in language therapy.
*Activities that are categorized by type, making them easy to use with children who have diagnosed or suspected delays in specific areas such as auditory memory or vocabulary.
*Fun activities to do with your child. These shouldn't be considered "work", but will hopefully provide enjoyable, yet useful, activities for parents and children to do together.
I was pleased to look through the easy to navigate toddler and preschool section and check on the milestones my 3 year old has already mastered and activities that I could integrate into our day. They include: vocabulary, numbers, colors, listening and more.
The school-aged sections contains many different activities for auditory discrimination and memory, word association, word finding and meanings (critical thinking), sequencing, grammar/syntax and much more.
Though I did most of these exercises with my 9 year old, there were some that benefited my older children as well.
In one exercise, you give your child 2 or 3 words and ask him to put them into a sentence. For example: boat and fish. "We went out on the boat to catch some fish." and so on.
Another called "Barrier games" had us all roaring with laughter. To play, place a piece of paper and some crayons in front of your child. Give yourself the same items. Place a barrier between you so that you cannot see each other's paper. Have your child draw a picture on his paper, telling you exactly what he is doing so that you can reproduce it on your paper from his description. Compare your drawings.
One more which is harder than it sounds and is very good for people (adults included) who have problems interrupting others. Pass an object back and forth during a conversation. Only the person holding the object may speak. This helps with listening and responding. (And tests the person who is not holding the object's resolve to keep quiet and not grab the object so they can talk.)
All in all this ebook is a great tool and resource. It is well written and the parent can easily pinpoint the problem and go directly to those exercises.
Take a peek at Language Lessons for yourself.
I received a copy of this ebook free of charge in exchange for an honest review.