• ACTIVITIES TO DEVELOP BREATH SUPPORT FOR SPEECH PURPOSES

     
    1)    Place a cotton ball on one end or side of a table.  Place a small length of masking tape at the other end or side of the table.  Have the student try to blow the cotton ball across the “finish” line of masking tape.  Move the masking tape “finish line” closer and farther as appropriate.  The student may do this activity independently or as a race with an adult or peer.  You may also substitute the cotton ball with other objects with varying weight such as a ping pong ball, a feather, a small piece of corrugated cardboard, a balloon etc.

     

    2)    With a straw, have the student gently blow a lightweight substance such as flour or sugar across a piece of paper that is lying on a flat surface.  Start with shorter breaths and work towards sustained breaths.  This activity would be best accomplished outside.

     

    3)    With the student lying flat on their back on the floor, lightly place a tissue/Kleenex across the student’s nose and mouth and have them try to blow the tissue off.

     

    4)    Material:  “blowing type toy that contains a basket and ball”

              Often seen as a party give-away.  This item may be available for 

              purchase where party decorations and favors are sold.  Have the

              student gently blow through the “tube” with the intent of  holding the

              “ball” above the basket for as long as possible.  This can be a

                challenging activity, so increase performance expectations slowly.

     

    5)    Encourage active participation in games and forms of exercise that require the student to breathe deeply and often, such as brisk walking, running, jumping rope, kicking a soccer ball etc.  These activities can be done for short periods of time with the purpose of increasing lung capacity and breath support.  Encourage the student to be aware of their breathing.  They should be able to identify shallow versus deep breathing. 

     

    6)    You are encouraged to complete all of the above noted activities with your child so they do not feel that these activities are “work.”  Have fun!  Laugh while learning!