If your child has a favorite book that they have memorized (even if your child is non-verbal, you'll know by the
way they react and respond when you read to them), I recommend changing a sound to create a different word on each page. This adds a fun element to their favorite book. For example, if you are reading, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear,"
instead of saying, "Brown Bear", you could say "Brown Zear." I've found that
children love the "z" sound as a substitute for words. By changing the word,
your child begins to hear different sounds, which helps develop their
phonological awareness skills ...so much can be accomplished by reading a book.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist