By Karla Eshelman MS, CCC-SLP
Build it, blow it, turn it into a pretend hose, telescope, or phone.
The possibilities can be endless and many areas of speech and language development can be targeted. Here are some ideas to get you started!
- Strengthen muscles and coordination needed for speech production
- Develop breath support, lip strength and tongue retraction while blowing the Saxoflute
- Asking for more parts with a simple gesture, sign, or one-word request
- Combining words, for example, “more please”
- Using longer sentences, for example, “I want the yellow piece please”
- Practice a targeted speech sound before getting another part for your whistle
- Target a frequently used word in a phrase or sentence, for example, the initial /k/ sound in “can” for “can I have more please?”
- Following directions, for example, take two pieces, pick a blue piece next
- Increasing vocabulary
1. color identification
2. opposites, for example: blow loud vs. soft or long whistle vs. short whistle
- Build other things out of the whistle parts and expand on pretend play skills.
- make fire hoses and pretend to spray each other
- make phones and pretend to talk to each other
- use it as a telescope and hunt for treasures