For many children with a limited vocabulary, a speech pathologist will often recommend increasing their word inventory initially by working on nouns (person, place or thing). This can be a verb as easy as an object that can be shown to the child while saying the new word. This is then added to their inventory. However once the child has developed a large enough inventory of nouns, the next step is often to add more verbs (doing words) to their ever growing vocabulary. This can be a lot harder as verbs are not tangible like nouns. Often speech pathologists will provide you with black and white paper print outs, cut up into cards; however, these 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 on the card.
Speech Pathologists may get around this by having their own laminated set of coloured cards however there is an even better alternative. A number of parents have commented on the Super Duper verb cards that I use in therapy. Here are some of the reasons why these cards are preferable over their cut out counterparts:
- A range of different verb types are available in different packs such as irregular verbs, regular verbs and the ‘is’ and ‘are’ to be verbs.
- The vivid real photos are coloured and engaging
- Clearly illustrated verbs that are easy to decipher unlike other ambiguous picture cards that are often loosely related to the target verb
- The glossy card material makes them less vulnerable to wear and tear
- The larger playing card size (approx. 9cm x 6.3cm) allows them to be clear whilst still allowing them to be stored easily in the metal tins provided
You can purchase the Super Duper Verb cards from the Super Duper Publications Website.
For more information on this topic or any speech related fields, contact us today and make an appointment with our speech pathologist Ashleigh Fattah.