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November 29, 2018

2018: Articulation Strategies

Concerning articulation and speech sounds, parents will often ask me how their child will work on those goals to obtain proper speech sounds.  We do a variety of activities and here are a few snapshots of some of the things we've done this year:

I love to use books to practice speech skills. I use both fiction and non-fiction to accomplish this task.  Students can practice reading out loud a very simple book that targets lots of words that have their targeted speech sounds in it.  During the book, while they are not reading, they write words down from the story that has their sound in it. That targets their auditory discrimination skills.  We also focus on if their targeted sound is at the beginning, middle, or end of the word. 

Students love these books and the worksheet turns their speech drill practice into a game.  We also use crayons to color on words we've practiced. This activity gets a LOT of repetition into the mix which is great for muscle memory! This activity also work with auditory bombardment if you read aloud the words to the student for them to hear at the beginning and end of each session.

We also use speech sound cards (Thank you, Super Duper! Love your products!) and whisperphones to practice speech at the sentence level. The whisperphone is a simple PVC pipe and it allows students to hear their own speech more clearly.

For my /r/ kiddos, we use a combination of reminder and cheat sheets, iPad animations, and tooth flossers to get the placement job done correctly.

I also use games to target skills.  Here we are working with minimal pairs (w/r) and playing a fun and quick game of Cootie!  Easy and simple but gets a lot of practice in with this one.

If you are an SLP, what are some ways you engage and target students for their speech sound goals? I love teaching articulation skills and it has become one of my favorite areas to remediate!

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