Helpful Information about DIR/Floortime

Clinician-Directed Therapy vs. Child-Directed Therapy Child-directed therapy (what is used during Floortime) ensures that the child is partaking in activities that interest him or her. The child will not view therapy as “work” because he or she will enjoy whatever he or she is working on. Clinician-directed therapy methods are often not easily transferrable to real life situations. Children sometimes …

How to Administer DIR or Floortime Therapy (DIR/Floortime)

For your child of any age, there are three steps you should take while practicing Floortime. Floortime may be used in the home, but it is helpful to have assistance from a clinician (such as a speech-language pathologist), especially at the beginning of the program. 1. The first step you will want to take should involve you acknowledging and exciting …

How to Teach the P Sound by Chicago Speech Therapy

The /p/ sound is a bilabial sound, meaning that it involves both lips being pressed together to create. Air is then released through the lips and slightly open teeth, creating the /p/ sound. Unlike the /b/ sound, which is made with the same mouth position, the /p/ sound is an unvoiced sound. The sound you hear comes from the pressure …

How to Teach the M Sound by Chicago Speech Therapy

The /m/ sound is a nasal sound, which means that all passage through the mouth is blocked and air instead has to travel through the nose. It is also a voiced (vs. unvoiced) sound, which requires the vibration of vocal cords. Closing your mouth and lips and using your voice to make a sound creates the /m/ sound. The lips are important for …

How to Teach the H Sound by Chicago Speech Therapy

The /h/ sound is one of the easier sounds to articulate. It does not involve any special arrangement of the lips or tongue or complicated movements. In order to produce the sound, simply open your mouth and breathe. The sound is unvoiced, which means that what you hear comes from the movement of the air through your throat and mouth. Since the sound …

How to Teach the N Sound by Chicago Speech Therapy

Like the /m/ sound, the /n/ sound is a voiced, nasal sound. This means that the sound is created by the speaker vibrating their vocal cords while pushing air through their nose, or nasal cavity. The /n/ sound is distinguished from the /m/ sound by the placement of the speaker’s tongue. To make the /n/ sound, place the tip of your tongue just …

How to Teach the W Sound by Chicago Speech Therapy

The /w/ sound is considered a glide or a semivowel sound by speech-language pathologists. In other words, /w/ sounds a lot like a vowel and sometimes even acts like one, even though it is technically a consonant. To make a /w/ sound, form a tight circle with puckered lips brought out and away from your face. With your lips in this position, produce …