Does Occupational Therapy help with speech?

10 Jan, 2022

Yes, it does. Occupational therapy is one of the most important tools that speech therapists have in their arsenals. It can help improve speech, language, cognition, and fine motor skills. This article explains how speech pathology and occupational therapy are connected and gives examples of occupational therapy activities that can help improve speech. 

What causes speech delay?

Many factors can cause speech delay, but the most common ones are:

  • Lack of exposure to language
  • Hearing impairment
  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological problems
  • Behavioural problems
  • Genetic disorders
  • Prematurity
OT and Speech

How does Occupational Therapy help with speech?

Occupational therapy helps improve speech in several ways. Firstly, it helps children become more aware of their bodies and use them to produce sound. Secondly, OT helps children develop fine motor skills necessary for speech production. Lastly, OT can help children improve their language and comprehension skills, which are essential for speech development.

Here are some occupational therapy activities that can help improve speech:

1. Playing games that focus on language development

One great way to help improve speech is to play games that focus on language development. There are many different games that focus on language development, but here are a few of our favourites: Word search games, Scrabble, Hangman, and I spy. These games are a lot of fun and help improve vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension skills.

2. Singing songs

Singing songs is another great way to improve speech and sensory integration. It is fun and helps children learn new words and practice their pronunciation.

There are many different songs that you can sing, but we recommend picking songs specific to your child’s interests. For example, if your child loves cars, you could sing a song about cars. If your child loves animals, you could sing a song about animals. There are endless possibilities, so be creative and have fun!

3. Reading stories out loud

Reading stories aloud is a great way to help improve speech, language, and comprehension skills. It also helps children to develop a love for reading. You can read stories from various genres, but we recommend sticking to stories that are at your child’s reading level.

4. Playing with toy instruments

Playing with toy instruments is another great way to help improve speech. It helps children develop their fine motor skills and teaches them different instrument sounds. You can find a variety of different toy instruments online or at your local toy store.

5. Drawing and colouring

Drawing and colouring are great ways to help improve speech. They help children develop their fine motor skills and teach them about colours and shapes.

Get in touch with us!

At Gen Physio, we provide mobile occupational therapy and also speech therapy for children with delayed speech. We also help children improve their language, cognition, and fine motor skills with fun and engaging activities. If you have any questions or want more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help!

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