Our #10 suggestions of “10 Things You Can Do to Strengthen Your Child’s Communication Skills” is to create a travel journal. Travel journals are not just for vacations, they are useful tools for helping your child recall and talk about day trips, visits with relatives, shopping trips, and appointments. Help your child to create a page about each place you visit, and talk about the day as you work together to record the details. You can include a photo or drawing, and describe where you went, what you did, who you saw, what you ate or drank, how you traveled, how you felt, where you stayed, and your favorite part of the day. You can use any blank notebook or create your own journal using one of the templates below. Remind your child to bring the journal to school to share her news with her class. You can also encourage your child to share travel news with family and friends who stayed at home.
Suggestion #1—Practice the skill of WAITING.
Suggestion #2—Provide opportunities for choice-making.
Suggestion #3—Model language using an AAC device.
Suggestion #4—Use your smartphone as a visual tool.
Suggestion #5—Create a photo book.
Suggestion #6—Establish a Family Game Night.
Suggestion #7—Read aloud to your child.
Suggestion # 8—Establish a visual family calendar
Suggestioin #9–Practice social language interaction daily