Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Therapy Thursdays – Colors

Many of my patients with Down syndrome between 3 and 6 struggle to learn their colors so I am always looking for *new* ways to work on this. I just pulled out an old resource my mom actually passed onto me in grad school by June Oberlander called, “Slow and Steady Get Me Ready.” She suggests the following:

  • Point to a color the child is wearing. Say the color by name. Tell the child to look for something else in the room that is the same color.

I’ve taken this idea a step further for my preschoolers with Ds. And here’s where a little prep work can pay off. Before the child comes in the room “plant” items of the same color in obvious places. Give an example first showing your child how to find the color. Point first to their red shirt, “Your shirt is red,” and then to the red ball, “This ball is red.” You can name the color out loud as well as sign it (www.signingsavvy.com). My preference is to start with one to two colors and move on once they’ve learned these.

You will be working on the following skills with this activity:

  • Listening
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Color Matching
  • Vocabulary – Colors
  • Attention to Detail
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3 thoughts on “Therapy Thursdays – Colors”

  1. I’ve had great succes with my Son who is 4 with Down;s Syndrome by having “colour” days – when we get up we wear (as far as possible) the colour we are learning – we eat things of that colour, we look for things of that colour , we group things of that colour, we say and sign the colour and we don’t have another “colour” day till that one is mastered 😀 He had learnt them all before he was 4 years old 😀 I got the idea from a parenting magazine a few years ago!

    1. What a great idea Karon! Emily Perl Kingsley gave another good idea at a conference where we were speaking last year. Make a “color” book with the name of the color written in that color at the top of the page. Cut out pictures from a magazine and help your child match them to the appropriate page. Don’t do this all in one sitting, work on it over time. As time permits, pull the book out and say, “I have a special picture for your color book. Can you help me find where it goes?” Eventually you will have a book filled with pictures – and your child will be making the connection that items can be grouped by color. She still has her son Jason’s book – and he’s in his 30’s!

  2. Jen, our EI Specialist used three tupperware cups-one red, one blue, one yellow and matching colored pom pom balls, and had her work on sorting them correctly…

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