Thursday, February 9, 2017

Therapy Tip: Mitten Match Up Game

Welcome to Therapy Thursday!

If you are new, let me explain. This is the day that I share a tip based upon my experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and a mother of a child with special needs. Today's tip is:

Mitten Match Up Game

Winter brings about opportunities to work on language tasks in a different way.  

If you are like me, you probably have several sets of gloves and mittens stashed around your house. All of those different gloves gave me the idea for this game a few years ago.

First, you are going to have to come up with several different pairs of mittens or gloves. The number of gloves you use will depend on your child's abilities. You will need to have matches though and not a single lonely mitten with no mate.

What you do next will depend on your child's abilities?

Toddler Edition
You can simply un-mate all the gloves and throw them in a pile. You can talk about the gloves and dig through to find the mate. As you go through them, you can talk about their colors, size (too big or too small), and whose hands they may fit (daddy, a baby). You can reinforce words like "on" and "off" as you try them on. The colors and patterns may be discussed as you look at the gloves and search for their mate.

Pre-school Edition/Lower Elementary
For older children or groups of children, you can mix up all the gloves into a large bag. You can practice taking turns as one person at a time picks a glove from the bag. The child gets to keep the glove they have drawn. You can ask them wh- questions after they have gotten their glove. Some questions may be: What color is the glove? Who could wear this glove? When would you need a glove like this? Why can't your daddy wear this glove?
As you draw gloves, you can make matches as a group or turn it into a game with a winner.

Put those gloves and mittens to good language use this week!

Therapy Thursday is for educational purposes only and not intended as therapeutic advice.

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