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Indirect Language Play Therapy - Therapy Idea of the Week - featured August 27, 2010

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Contributed by: Anne Coady M.S., CCC-SLP and Imagine Speech

Is your client working on increasing mean length of utterance (MLU)? Repeat what your client says in an expanded form.
  • Teaches vocabulary.
  • Helps increase MLU.
  • Helps teach play skills.
  • Appropriate for preschool children.
  • This activity can be used in a client’s home, a therapy room, a classroom, or outside.
  • This is a great modeling skill for parents and teachers too.

What you need:
  • • An appropriate environment for preschool children with toys and activities.

How to use in therapy:
Follow your client’s lead and engage in a preferred activity. Repeat what your client says back to him in an expanded form. For example, your client points to a tree and says, "Bird on." You can say, "The bird is on the tree." This type of modeling helps children combine more words together. In addition, model appropriate play and social language skills. Remember to give lots of positive praise and feedback!

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