How to Practice Language in the Kitchen

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The kitchen is a wonderful place to practice language skills with your child. Consider all of the new vocabulary words you can teach in this fun and functional setting. Here are a few examples of words that you can model in the kitchen.

Action words: cook, bake, mix, measure, cut, peel, slice, spread, sift, strain, clean, wipe, wash, pour, serve, spoon, eat, drink, taste, touch, smell, see, feel, turn on/off, blend, sprinkle

Descriptive words: hot, cold, big, little, sweet, sour, savory, salty, bitter, colors (ex: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) spicy, slimy, wet, dry, delicious, yummy, gross

Common objects: plate, cup, bowl, spoon, fork, knife, napkin, table, chair, oven, microwave, stove, measuring cups, measuring spoons, blender, sink, toaster, coffee pot, refrigerator, freezer

Social words and phrases: dinner is ready, yummy, that’s delicious, that’s my favorite, thank you, no thank you, pass the _____ please

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Lynn Crawford M.A. CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) who obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Stockton University and her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Kean University.

As a certified therapist, Lynn has extensive clinical experience treating medically fragile patients with cognitive-communication and swallowing difficulties in skilled nursing facilities and inpatient and outpatient settings. She evaluates and treats patients in English and Spanish and she is a certified VitalStim provider. Lynn is also an adjunct clinical supervisor at Monmouth University. She enjoys keeping up to date on the latest clinical research and prides herself on continuing to learn and grow as a therapist. Lynn’s proudest accomplishment is her strong record of community service and dedication to helping her patients grow and reach their greatest potential.