Mastering Motivation

In this video we looked at ways to motivate a child to use speech independently. Your primary motivation tool is special access. Toys or activities that your child only gets access to once in a while, like bubbles and balloons, are a really great tool that you can use to motivate them to practice independent speech. 

Your assignment is to create a “speech kit” of three special items and use it at least once daily, maybe for at least 5-10 minutes each. Remember, you don’t need to go out and buy new items, they could be items your child doesn’t have access to all the time and would still be special. Use your workbook to brainstorm and then use the “speech kit printout” to help remind you of the strategies and keep track of your practice on a one week calendar.

Speech kit item ideas: 

Looking for ideas on how to use a toy in multiple ways? See my YouTube video showing 7 ways to play with a balloon pump.

Before you move on…

Spend some time jotting down ideas for special access items you can use for the speech kit. Print out your speech kit printouts and get going! If you do want to buy some items from Amazon, I’ve made it easy for you to find my suggestions here.


Pepper, J., Weitzman, E., H  Ayala Manolson and Mcgill University. Hanen Early Language Parent Program (2004). It takes two to talk : a practical guide for parents of children with language delays. Toronto, Ont.: Hanen Program, pp.29-31