Earlier Parts of the Workshop
What is Scripting?
Just like in theatre when an actor reads a script to know what lines to say, when you "script" at home, you are teaching your child what to say.
Mom: Do you want me to take off your coat?
Mom: Say "yes"
Mom: *using visual cues* Eeeeeee-es
Mom: Good job! You said yes! *helps take coat off*
If you ask your child a questions, expect an answer! Model the answer, or provide the answer and prompt their speech, but they need to learn that if they are asked something, they need to respond.
Make it more effective for your child to speak rather than gesture/ be non-verbal. Use gestures as an indication that your child wants to communicate, and help them communicate effectively through speech!
Give the answer
If you know your child struggles finding the right word, GIVE IT TO THEM in the question you ask! That way, they don't have to think about which word to say and then focus on how to say it. They can just focus on saying the word.
Mom: Do you want to eat?
Mom: Yes, let's go eeee-t. Your turn! Say eeee-t
Child: Eeee- *mom visually prompts T* eat!
What if we can't reinforce?
Well, what if you can't reinforce what they want? If they are asking for something crazy, find a substitute. No, we aren't going to Disneyland right now, but we could play with some of your toys.
Reinforce later by teaching "wait". Ideally, we reinforce right away. But we can also teach "wait" once the child is established in knowing that they WILL be reinforced for their efforts. Just make sure to keep up on your promises!
Forget Filler Words
Grammar will come later. Right now, focus on S-V-O speech (Subject- Verb- Object) to get the basics of speech. So instead of "The boy is riding his bicycle", say "Boy ride bike". Only use the main parts of the sentence.
An AWESOME way to work on this is to use action pictures! They are all over- magazines, kid books, your SLP can give you some, etc. You could also get pictures of your child doing activities, which is very reinforcing to your child (and you can get them to practice saying the name lots of times!)
Here we are with those awesome pivot phrases again! Using the S-V-O approach, we can work on:
____ go down (on a slide)
____ go ni-night (with a bed)
____ go potty (play potty and characters)
____ go car (use a toy car)
And if you want to get crazy and technical, remember that some syllables are pivot syllables!!! Like "ny":
Use pivot phrases as often as possible in real life to get your child to use functional speech!
Get on ____ (getting ready in the morning)
Put on ____ (setting the table)
Take off ____ (going to bed at night)
Put in _____ (put things into shopping cart)
Get out _____ (getting groceries out of bags)
What kid doesn't love to play games? You can work on saying "My turn" or "Your turn" and things like "I want blue"
At the park, work on "go up" on a ladder and "push me" (on the swing, not to the ground, haha). Or "go down" for the slide, and "play with me".
There are so many opportunities to speak! Try and get your child talking as much as possible, because repetitions= progress for our sweet apraxic kids!