In order to ensure articulation therapy is successful, goals need to be targeted at the right level during every practice session. Throughout this blog, I will be discussing how you can work on target sounds at sentence level. Here are a few activities that are useful for targeting sounds at this level.
Sounds in Phrases & Sentences
Throughout my last blog, I discussed how to incorporate picture cards within therapy. This is a common way in which speech pathologists target sounds at word level. This is also possible at a sentence level as well. Here is how it can be done:
- Shuffle the picture cards and place them in a pile or in a bag to be pulled out one by one. Start by picking one card at time out of a bag and with each picture ask your child to incorporate the word they have picked into a sentence. You may need to use a carrier sentence to begin with such as “I got (picture card)”. Slowly work up to longer, more spontaneous sentences so that your child has to make them up on their own. Score points for each word they produce and aim for a target such as 100 words to encourage your child to produce longer sentences.
Using picture cards is not always possible though and can sometimes become monotonous. If this is the case, here is another suggestion:
- Eye Spy:
Eye spy is a great way to work on sound production at a word level as well as at the sentence level. This game avoids cards and instead uses the environment around you to make practice more interactive. First, one person picks something in their surroundings that starts with the target sound. Then, the other person must guess what they ‘spy’. You can both take turns at being the person who spies the target or guesses the target. At sentence level, both the spy or the guesser get plenty of practice as most sounds should appear within a sentence. To ensure that you are working at sentence level, it is important to say the whole phrase. For example, the spier must say “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with “(target sound)” and the guesser must say “Is it a (guest attempt)?”. That way the task is hard enough to ensure that correct sound productions transition into their conversation. If your child only says the word then they are only practicing at word level and may take longer to transition the sound into their natural speech.
The next stage of articulation therapy is targeting sounds in stories. Read on to find out how to target speech sounds at this level.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.