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  • Creative Articulation Practice at Home:
    Fun for the Whole Family!

    Looking for a new way to work on articulation skills at
    home? Or a new and different way to get your students
    interested in articulation therapy? Make it fun and exciting
    for your children by trying the following suggestion. It’s an
    activity for all the children to enjoy!

    Fun Articulation Practice...“in a box!”
    1) Make a “mystery box” using common household
    objects and your child’s toys. Cut a slot in the top of a good-sized box. Make
    sure that your child’s hands plus an object fit through the slot.

    2) Help your child decorate the box the way he/she wants it to look. This makes the
    child feel like he/she is participating and provides a great language-building activity.

    3) Talk to your child’s SLP about what he/she is working on in therapy. Some specific questions to ask are:

    What sound/sounds is he/she working on in speech class?

    What position/positions is he/she working on with each sound?
    (Basically, initial means a sound at the beginning; medial means a sound in
    the middle; and final means a sound at the end. For example, for the /k/
    sound,“cup” is initial; “bacon” is medial; and “book” is final.)

    What level is he/she working on? (There are different levels a child works on,
    each getting more difficult. The “easiest” level is isolation, or the “k” sound
    alone. Next, is the “k” sound in some position within a syllable (i.e. “ka,”“
    aka,” or “ak.”) Next, the word level (i.e. cup, bacon, book), then, a phrase
    (i.e. “in the cup;” “in the book”), then, a sentence (i.e. “I read a book,” or“
    The juice is in the cup”). Finally, the sound is monitored in conversation for
    consistent production.)

    4) Pick 10-15 objects, letter cards, or syllable cards with your child’s target sound in
    them and, without your child seeing,“hide” them in the Mystery Box.

    5) Let your child choose an object/card and say/name it, use it in a phrase, sentence,
    or ask questions to elicit conversation.

    6) Continue until your child sees all objects and completes each task.

    7) For a special treat, put a “surprise” in the box your child can keep or eat!

    Choose an activity below and use your sound list to help you and your family play.

    1. Make up some silly sentences using three or more words from a category.

    2. Use the list to play pictionary or charades.

    3. Have the child practice saying the words in sentences.

    4. Play any kind of game and require the child to correctly produce their sound in a word before taking a turn.

    5. Make up a BINGO game using these words.

    6. Have a scavenger hunt. Make a list of words your child can find around the house that have their sound in them. Time them to see how fast they can find the items.

    7. Go to
    www.puzzlemaker.com and use the word list to make different kinds of puzzles for your child to complete.

    8. Play I'm Thinking Of… games or Twenty Questions. Choose an object located in your house, backyard, or neighborhood, or use a relative's name that has your child's target sound in the word.

    9. Have your child keep a daily log of how many words he finds that contain his target sound. Your child could pick one television show to watch and write down the words he hears that have his sound. Another option would be to have your child count the number of words he hears. You could count the words alongside your child and see if your numbers match. The log could also be for words read in books, magazines, comic books, etc.

    10. See if your child can "catch" you saying the target sound in error.

    11. Play Scattergories with the target sound. For example, list as many animals as you and your child can think of that begin or end with the target sound (snake, spider, scorpion, starfish). Use all sorts of categories (TV shows, sports teams, foods).

    12. Have your child cut out pictures form magazines and newspapers that represent a word with the target sound. Make a scrapbook or a collage with the pictures. Individual words can be cut out as well.

    13. Have your child take a note of the number of words in his homework that have the target sound in them.

    14. As you read material out loud (such as story, paragraph, comic strip), stop when you come to a word that has your child's target sound in it and ask your child to supply the missing word. This activity can also be done with favorite songs, nursery rhymes, poems, or multiplication tables.

    15. Have your child use a highlighter to mark all the words he can find in newspapers or magazines that contain his target sound.

    16. On your next grocery store shopping trip, have your child identify all the items in each aisle that contain his target sound. Which aisle has the most items? Which aisle has fewest items?

    17. Play Hangman using words that contain your child's target sound.


    Here is a great list of activities that could be used for language practice at home or it could be used when your child needs additional speech practice and saying the words over and over is just not that interesting, try some of these ideas!

     Draw a picture of yourself. Draw a part each time you say a word.

    When driving name items you see out the window.

    Try to find items in your house that belong to the same category. (colors, fruits, etc.)

     Punch holes in your cards and string them together as you say them.

     Guess what card someone else is describing.

     Shake a die or spin a spinner and say your words that many times.

     Cover your cards and name as many as you can remember.

     Put your cards on the fridge. Say the words before and after dinner.

     Turn your cards face down and name them as you turn them over.

     Put all your cards in a bag, pick one, and name it.

     Put your cards in a shirt pocket each time you say them.

     Tape your pictures around the house and say them as you pass them.

     Hide your cards in a book. Turn each page and say the cards you find.

     Put a piece of cereal on each card. Say the word and eat the cereal.

     Have someone hold the cards. Pick one and name it.

     Have someone take one card away. Guess which card is missing.

     Pretend to buy your cards from someone as you say them.

     Build a tower of blocks and say a word each time you stack a block.

     Look at your cards through a magnifying glass or binoculars and say them.

     Give your cards to a puppet or stuffed animal as you say them.

     Say your words into a tape recorder and play them back.

     Drive a toy car over your cards while you name them.

     Throw your cards in a can while you name them.

     Place your cards between the bristles of a brush to build a house as you say them.

    Shine a flashlight on each card and name it.

     Put a penny on each card as you say it.

     Put a paper clip on your cards, pick them up with a magnet, and say them.

     Bring your cards along in the car and say one each time the car stops.

     Throw your cards on the floor and say them as you pick them up.

     Close your eyes and point to a card. Say the word you point to.

     Flip your card with a spatula each time you say a word.

     Make up a story using all of your cards.

     Fold a piece of paper each time you say a word. Make an airplane or a hat.

     Call someone you know on the telephone and tell them your words.

     Pretend to mail your cards in an envelope as you say them.

     Toss a penny or a bean bag and name the card it lands on.

     Put a piece in a puzzle each time you name a card.

     Hide the cards around the room. Say them as you find them.

     Color each card as you say it.

     Roll a ball on the cards and name each one the ball rolls over.

     Play “Go Fish” or “Concentration” with your cards.

     Play a board game. Say a word before you take a turn.

     Put your cards in a pot and pretend to make soup as you say them.

     Stand up your cards by leaning them against blocks. Knock them down with a ball and say them.

     Place your cards on the floor. Hop from card to card and say them.
    More Activities To Do at Home
    1. Create a "challenge list" with your child. This list should contain 10 words with your child’s sound in them that he wants to work on. The words can be anything that he feels motivated to say better, (friend’s names, a favorite TV show or book, words that he says frequently, etc.) Have your child say them alone at first and then in sentences as he improves.
     2.  Play a board game or card game with your child. She should say a word with her sound in it for each turn she takes. You can say words on your turn as well to provide a good model. The game is just something fun to do while you’re working on articulation. (Again, you can move to sentences as your child’s articulation improves.)
    3.  Weather permitting: play catch or basketball and have your child say a word with his sound in it for each throw or basket.
    4.  Play "Concentration" and think of words with your child’s sound in them. This is an old game in which you slap your knees, then clap, then snap right fingers, and then left fingers in a steady rhythm.
    You pick a category (words with your child’s sound in them), and think of something in that category by the time you’ve snapped your left fingers. Each player does the movements in the same rhythm.
    5.  Have your child create a book in which the main character’s names have his sound (or sounds) in them. You can use colored construction paper or plain white paper. He can illustrate it and you can help him write the story below the picture. After each page is finished, have him count the words with his sound in them on that page and underline them. When the book is finished, he can read it aloud and practice the underlined words. This can become a keepsake as his "Speech Book."
    6.  While driving in the car, have a contest to see who can find the most things that have your child’s sound in them. As you find them, have your child put them in a sentence. You can also look for words on road signs, billboards, etc.
    7.  Have your child read aloud to you for 10-15 minutes a day and remind her to think about her sound. You can have her look at the page before she reads it and underline the words with her sound in them. Increase the reading time as her articulation improves. This activity is for children whose articulation has improved beyond the sentence level.
    8.  Designate a 10-15 minute period during the day when you ask your child to concentrate on making his sound while he tells you about his day, a favorite movie, book, etc. You can increase this time as your child improves. This activity is for children who need work at the conversational level.

    New use for old blocks!


    When your child has stopped playing with blocks, create a new use for them. Write different parts of speech on the blocks.  For example, write 6 nouns on one block, six verbs or action words on another and six articles on another. 

    Your child can roll them and try to create a sentence using the words. Add more parts of speech to make their sentences longer and more complex.  This is also a fun way to practice your child's articulation in sentences!  Have fun!
    Here are some web sites that offer additional practice opportunities!!!!
    Great Site for Reading and Sound Awareness

    Articulation Worksheets

    Articulation Sentence Practice Powerpoints

    Practice for the /r/ sound
    r sound strategies and websites.doc

    Phonological Awareness Games

    Online Articulation Games

    Gamegoo Website

    Language Powerpoints

    Grammar Games

    Sight Word Practice
    Websites for sight word practice.doc

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