Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Engaging Articulation Practice for Speech Therapy

Hi speechies!

First of allllll, thank y'all so much for your sweet words about our new home - I can't wait to share a furnished home tour SOON!

Anyway, today I wanted to share an activity that I've been doing with my kiddos in speech that is a HIT!


We've been playing a game called THE ALPHABET SHUFFLE (for my older kiddos) or THE ALPHABET BOOGIE (for my younger guys) - same game, different names.

So I printed out sounds (single phonemes + blends) on Astrobrights paper, laminated them, and cut them out. 

To play:
  • Lay cards on the ground (face up)
  • Play music and have the kids dance or march around the cards
  • Stop the music and make sure the kids know to STOP on a card when the music STOPS
  • Have each kiddo tell you the letter, the sound, and a word that starts with the sound that they landed on
For my lower kiddos I usually just have them give me a word that has the sound in the initial position. 

For my higher kids I will give them a category and have them give me words that have the sound in the initial, then medial, then final positions. 

So for example, if a  higher kiddo stops on the "s" I would have them say "S makes a sssss sound." Then I would ask them something like, "What is a food that starts with the ssss sound?" They could say something like soup. Then I'd ask, "What is a food that has the ssss sound in the middle?" They could respond with popsicle. Then I'd ask, "What is a food that ends with the ssss sound?" They could say something like rice.


The kids have been SO engaged with this game and it gets in some good artic practice! We also tie in turn taking and conversation skills (when we're trying to brainstorm words that have the sounds).

Here's a little peek:


Let me know if you try this out with your kiddos!





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