4 ways to use liquid floor tiles to support speech and language at home

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Has anyone seen these things yet? Our SLPA, Rachel, suggested bringing them into the clinic and I’m currently just a little bit obsessed (I get lost in time and space looking at them). The best thing about them is that they are another way to bring play, enjoyment, and intrinsic motivation to speech therapy!

These captivating tiles have become a staple in our Connect and Play social groups as well as in individual therapy sessions. Today, I’m excited to share how you can incorporate them into you and your child’s routine at home while supporting speech and language along the way.

  1. Visual Directions

If your child has a hard time following a routine location direction (e.g., you say go to the door, but you have a front door and a back door, and so that direction can be challenging), try giving them a specific item to look for. When giving directions, try using the tiles as a point of focus. For instance, you can direct your child’s attention to a specific tile while giving instructions: “It’s time to go, stand on the green tile” (you put the green tile where you want them to be, back door, front door, etc.).

  1. Quiet Space for Breaks

Sometimes, children may need a quiet, calming space to regroup during therapy sessions, and at home too. Liquid floor tiles can provide just that. If you have cozy area that your child likes to use when they need a break, consider adding one of these tiles to the space.

  1. Speech Sound Practice

For targeted speech sound practice, set up a row of 3-4 tiles and turn it into a playful game. Ask your child to say a word containing the sound they’re working on every time they jump on a tile. This interactive approach not only reinforces speech sound production but also turns the practice into an enjoyable activity, keeping motivation levels high.

  1. Early Language Development

Liquid floor tiles can be a fantastic tool for early language practice using gross motor play, particularly when targeting verbs. Engage your child in play activities on the tiles, and model the corresponding verb each time they perform an action. For instance, if they’re jumping, model the word “jump!”. Other words you could use include: up, boom, go.

While many children are naturally drawn to the captivating allure of liquid floor tiles, it’s important to remember that every child is unique. Some may readily embrace them, while others may prefer different tools or activities. And that’s totally fine. Ultimately, the goal is to create an enjoyable and effective learning environment that supports your child’s speech and language learning. Let us know how it goes!