skip to Main Content

Dramatically Improve Speech Practice at Home With These 5 Simple Tips


Research suggests that practice at home and outside of the speech room is essential for children to transfer and carryover the skills learned in therapy into their daily lives.  With busy and hectic schedules, fitting in time for speech practice may seem like a daunting task.  The following are a few tips on how to implement regular practice at home, and how to make it fun and easy for you and your child!

Making Practice Easier

1. Create a schedule/routine for structured practice.

Whether this be 15 minutes a day after school, homework, or baseball practice, it is important to establish a routine to hold you and your child accountable for regular practice.  Setting aside 15-30 minutes a day for 3-5 days a week is ideal to ensure that the child is practicing the skills necessary to progress with their speech.

2. Implement a reward chart for home programming.

This can be a sticker chart, a check system, or simply adding speech practice to a chore chart.  The child can earn stickers, checks, or tokens after each speech practice in order to earn a prize or privilege.  This system will help motivate your child and allow for you and them to track structured practice week to week.

3. Provide multiple models and trials for your child throughout day.

This means using clear and accurate models in your speech to highlight correct productions of the sounds that your child is working on.  In addition, allowing your child to have many opportunities to trial and produce their sound is key for practicing correct productions.  This time does not need to be structured, it can be practicing and repeating words with speech sounds in the car, while reading a book or during commercials breaks.

4. Incorporate practice into daily routines.

Practicing speech sounds during daily routines is another method to help your child carryover their speech sounds into their daily life.  Choosing a few routines such as book reading, bath time, nightly prayers, or singing favorite songs is a great way to target speech sounds naturally.  During these routines instruct your child on using accurate productions, and allow them to feel accountable for accurate and clear speech during these routines each day.

5. Make practice fun.

There are so many fun activities that can be used for speech practice.  This allows for extra practice, and makes practicing speech sounds more enjoyable for your child.  Using board games, silly songs, designing flashcards, and creating silly stories are all fun ways to practice clear and accurate speech.
Katelyn Sinclair, SLP

Back To Top

Patient Reviews

LLA Therapy

Patient Reviews

Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

Ron Monroe

My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

Heather Dougherty-Pantoja

My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

Jessica Havalotti

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!
Read More