Junk mail, inserts in the Sunday papers….those shiny glossy teeny tiny piece of paper worth $.25, $.50, $1!!!!! If you are savvy shopper your coupons are organized and ready to go with every shopping trip. If you are not the organized savvy shopper, your coupons are a crumpled at the bottom of your purse or better yet in a pile on the kitchen counter, never to see the inside of a store.
Coupons are not just for saving a few pennies! Coupons open the door for communication! There are a number of easy – and fast – ways to not only create a mode of communication for your child, but to help she/he practice specific sounds, increase story telling, turn taking, and the list goes on!
Coupon Communication Board: use coupons or the adds surrounding the coupons to make a simple communication board for your child. Cut the object on coupon object out and tape or glue it in a grid form on a piece of paper. The next time you are playing 20 questions trying to figure out what your child would like for a snack, a drink, breakfast, lunch or dinner simply pull out your “Coupon Communication Board” and have she/he point to the choice.
Coupons expand communication: not only can coupons create a wonder communication board, but those glossy adds make for wonderful ‘stories’ to talk about. What do you see? What is that? Who is that? What are they doing? Should a doggie be allowed to play with toilet paper? Does candy really talk? Touch something blue. Do you see anything that flies? The number of questions to elicit and expand communication is endless!
No need to go crazy trying to find that ‘just right picture’, they’re right under your nose. Coupons are for communication!
Yours in Speech,
Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC.