s e ti i v ti c a 7 speech IRU9DOHQWLQH·V'D\8VLQJ &RQYHUVDWLRQ+HDUWV BY JAMIE SUMNER After almost three months in the NICU, my son came home with a tracheotomy and g-tube. I am no stranger to speech and feeding therapy. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (the holiday for chocolates and special notes from friends), for a child whose foods and speech are limited, JUDBOCFBDIBMMFOHFmOEJOHXBZTGPS him to participate. So, in honor of the TVHBS�e;mMMFE'FCSVBSZNBZIFN�d;*CSJOH you seven speech activities you can do with your child using those lovely and addictive “Conversation Hearts”. 26 48 PARENTING SPECIAL NEEDS.ORG JAN/FEB 2017 Color Me Happy : Have your child sort the pastel hearts by color. Once sorted you can also line the hearts up by color on matching paint swatches (free at any home improvement store) for handmade 9DOHQWLQH·VFDUGV Scrabble Me With a marker write a letter on the blank side of each heart and have your child practice identifying letters or, if he or she is able, spelling words.