I am sure every speech pathologist, and any parent whose child has had a speech problem, are all too familiar with the typical speech sound cards that are used in speech therapy. Often these cards will have the target sound (e.g. ‘k’) in a number of positions (at the start, in the middle and at the end of words). Or a paired card, which replaces the target sound with a sound the child produces in error (e.g. ‘tap’ to match ‘cap’ if the child replaces the ‘k’ sound with the ‘t’ sound). Often they are black and white paper print outs, cut up into cards that are easily torn, scrunched or somehow destroyed. This in turn makes the tasks they are used in a lot less engaging and sometimes makes it difficult for the child to decipher what is pictured in the card.
Most Speech Pathologists get around this by having their own laminated set of coloured cards. At Elise Baker’s Management of Speech Sound Disorders Workshop in November last year, I stumbled across the Webber Phonology Cards that Elise used in one of her therapy videos and have been hooked on them ever since.
A few parents have recently commented on how much they liked the cards so I decided to do a resource review. The reasons why I prefer the Webber cards over most other speech sound cards include:
- The vivid real photos that are coloured and engaging
- Clear pictures that are easy to decipher unlike other ambiguous picture cards that are often loosely related to the target word
- The glossy card material making them less vulnerable to wear and tear
- The larger playing card size (approx. 9cm x 6.3cm) allows them to be clear whilst also allowing them to be stored easily in the metal tins provided
- The extensive range of phonological error processes covered by the different decks including fronting, stopping, cluster reduction, stridency deletion, gliding, prevocalic voicing, postvocalic devoicing and initial consonant deletion
There are so many activities that you can incorporate these cards into such as:
- A scavenger hunt for the cards to see who can collect the most cards (giving extra points for the harder sounds)
- A puzzle game or anything similar with lots of pieces. Place a piece on top of each card and the child has to tell you which piece they are after by naming the picture underneath
- A memory matching game where the child has to find the matching pairs
You can purchase the Webber Phonology cards from the Super Duper Publications Website
For more information on this topic or any speech related fields, contact the ENT Clinic on 1300 123 368 and make an appointment with our speech pathologists Ashleigh Fattah or Jenna Butterworth.
About Ashleigh Fattah
Ashleigh Fattah is a Speech Pathologist who sees both children and adults. She has experience from a Master of Speech and Language Pathology degree and a spectrum of clinical environments including private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, school and community based practice.
Ashleigh is committed to providing evidence-based interventions for children and adults alike, tailoring therapy to each client’s individual needs. Her clinical experience enables her to provide comprehensive one-on-one, group and school program interventions. Ashleigh is trained in providing an array of up-to-date therapy techniques such as the PROMPT and Hanen Programs to help both children and adults achieve their goals.