Fun and Functional Therapy
The first and most important step is to take the time to do it. Some days, it will be a short book. That's ok! Sometimes, you can just look at the pictures together. If your child wants to read the same book a thousand times, do it. Studies have demonstrated that repetitions of story books builds pre-literacy skills. Even if it feels like your child isn't listening, what you are doing matters. You are demonstrating by your presence and your actions that you are there for them. You are providing language and literacy growth opportunities just by reading to them.
If your child comments on the words or the pictures, talk about it. It helps build connections to real-life experiences.
If your child doesn't comment or has a communication disorder, notice your child's non-verbal communication. Listen for laughing or cooing and comment when appropriate, "isn't that silly? Just like -----." Your still building that connection to real life.
Most importantly, enjoy!
What is your child's favorite bedtime story? Share!
Lauren Norwood M.Ed. CCC-SLP Certified Speech Language Pathologist American Hippotherapy Association Level 1
Lauren B. Norwood