Muffin Tins and Childhood Apraxia of Speech??
The Small Talk staff recently attended an awesome conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). It was a one-day conference packed with great and useful info that we were all immediately able to use with our kiddos that we suspect or have CAS. I wanted to share some of the highlights on our blog so when your therapist pulls out the muffin tins, you don’t think this is cooking class….rather you will know what and why they are practicing with muffin tins.
OK, so the Muffin Tin lady, Cari Ebert at www.learning-through-play.com recommended that we get away from flashcards and drill work with children. But children with CAS need practice with repetition of target sounds and words. Here is where the muffin tin comes into play. A muffin tin has 12 openings which naturally leads to 12 opportunities to practice a target word or sound. Have your child place 12 bouncy balls, or 12 cotton balls one- at-a-time into the muffin tin while practicing the target word or sound. I have been on the prowl looking for 12 of anything and everything roughly the size of a muffin tin. I have found mini babies, shoes, apples, pears, cherries, bugs, balls, fish, nuts, and ducks and let me tell you, the kids love this activity!!! Who knew muffin tins could be so fun?
Another tip for eliciting multiple repetitions without flashcards and drill work is to incorporate the target sound into everyday activities, like going up the stairs and saying ‘up-up-up-up’ etc… you can get as creative as you want with this one…..toes, toes, toes, …dot, dot, dot,…go, go, go, go….etc..etc…etc…. multiple repetitions and practice is what kiddos with CAS need the most.