How Cooking Can Improve Your Child's Communication Skills

Whether you have a child developing new language concepts or you know someone working to habilitate/rehabilitate their language, cooking targets many different communication skills!

 

Expressive Language:

Verbs- mixing, stirring, rolling, pouring, mashing, cutting, spreading, chopping, opening, peeling, cleaning, eating…

Adjectives- hot, cold, wet, dry, sticky, squishy, small, big…

Nouns- cups, bowls, spoons, pots, pans, ingredients

 

Receptive Language:

Following directions (this can be graded up or down based on how many directions given at a time)

Sequencing- first, next, last

Understanding quantity concepts

Recall- Discuss the recipe and talk about what is needed and how to prep

 

Pragmatic Language:

Promotes quality time together

Teaches patience

Provides opportunity to be creative

 

Bonus

Increases/improves other everyday life skills- hand/eye coordination, sensory experience, fine motor skills

 

Author: Elizabeth Zeman, M.A. CCC-SLP 

Speech and Language Pathologist 

 

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