In order to ensure that 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 word level. Here are a few activities that are useful for targeting sounds at these levels.
Sounds in Words
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 because using picture cards ensures a significant amount of practice producing the target sound in a short amount of time. Using picture cards isn’t always possible though and can sometimes become monotonous. If this is the case, here are a couple of suggestions:
- Category naming: Make a list of different categories, write them each down on separate cards and place them all faced down on a table. Select a card at random and take turns at naming different words that begin or end with the target sound. For example, if the category is food and the target sound is the ‘k’ sound, one person might say ‘carrot’ and another might say ‘cake’. Keep naming items until one person cannot think of anymore, leaving the remaining person the winner.
- Eye Spy: Eye spy is another great way to avoid cards and use the environment around you to get articulation practise done. This game requires one person to pick something in their surrounding that starts with the target sound and the other person must guess what they are ‘spy’. You and your child can take turns at being the person who guesses, however your child will get more practice attempts if they are the one doing the guessing. At word level though, it is important to just name the words starting with the target sound as opposed to saying the whole sentence ‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘s’. That way the task is not too hard and your child only has to focus on saying one word at a time.
The next stage of articulation therapy is targeting sounds in phrases. 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.