Speech Therapy Z Sound Articulation Games and Activities

Speech Therapy Z Sound Articulation Games and Activities

This time of year speech rooms and classrooms are buzzing with excitement… for spring breaks, spring weather and just a few months from summer break. Not to be corny but, my speech room is also buzzing with the /z/ sound. In this post, I want to share with you some of my favorite speech therapy Z sound activities to help you plan effective high trial sessions!

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Speech Therapy Z Sound Resources for Elicitation

For my students who are starting at the first step, we’ll work on eliciting the /z/ sound isolation. Here are some of my favorite tools to do this:

Get ideas for s and z articulation activities for your speech therapy students.

Z Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

Free syllable articulation practice sheet to work on Z sounds

When your students are reading to practice the /z/ sound in syllables and words, try some of these tips:

Z Words for Speech Therapy

As you continue practicing /z/ in all positions of words, check out some of these ideas:

  • Home Speech Home has another great word list for Z sound.
  • This free and Fun zoo articulation map from Harre SLP! 
  • Games help keep kids motivated and practicing their words. Try using games like Zingo or Honey Bee Tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, games don’t have to have the sound in the title to be helpful in articulation trials!
Get z word articulation practice activities for high trials.

Speech Therapy Crafts for the Z Sound

Z sound-loaded craft and task cards for high trial practice.

At any “stage” in Z sound speech therapy, crafts can be a helpful way to keep students engaged. Most students are motivated to create something of their own. After, students can store the craft in their speech folder or bring it home for more practice.

Z Articulation Sentence Worksheets & Activities

When students are ready to start working on the Z sound in sentences, there are plenty of activities you can do with them!

  • Make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework. 
    • For example, you can use the phrase “It is  ______.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an Z because the word your student will be working on is “is.” 
  • When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. Here are some more examples for sound loaded phrases:
    • Zoe/Zach has the ___. 
    • My present is a ____.
    • I choose the ___.
  • If you do a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
  • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the Z sound. For example, dogs and pigs or appetizers and dessert would be great Z words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out the S and Z articulation carryover set

    Z Words Sentence Challenge Worksheets

    Z word level articulation activities for speech therapy
    • Play a sentence articulation challenge game that keeps the student motivated to practice high trials in a short amount of time. 
    • With your words lists, you and your students can create tongue twisters that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate their tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “Zoe the busy zebra zoomed through the desert to get her dessert,” or “Zeke the wizard buzzed through the blizzard on his broom to get his prize.”
    • You can make alliteration Z poems and then students can draw their poem. 
    • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the Z sound. Add in carrier phrases for people to use, like “Is it a ____ or is it not?” or “I will zip my lips until your answer is closer!”

    Z Sound Conversation Activities

    Last, but certainly not least, try these Z sound conversation activities.

     

    Z sound-loaded reading passages

    Sound-Loaded Conversation Activities for Z Articulation Practice

    Articulation carryover activities for the Z sound
    • Make sound loaded questions, or would you rather games.
      • For /z/ sound, I often will use “Which IS your favorite?” or “Which would you CHOOSE?”
    • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk
    • Create a list of words that start with the Z sound (zoom, zone, xylophone, blizzard, desert, easy, cheese, nose, lose) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.

     

    There are plenty of activities to use when working on the /z/ sound in speech therapy! What activities do you like to use for Z speech therapy? Share with us on social media!

    What Z Articulation Activities Do You Use in Speech Therapy?

    Do you have a favorite book, YouTube video, website, game or activity that gets lots of Z words for speech therapy practice? Share your favorite activities that helps you target the Z sound to get lots of trials. It’s always nice to hear what other SLPs are doing in their sessions!

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    Fun & Engaging SH Sound Speech Therapy Activities

    Fun & Engaging SH Sound Speech Therapy Activities

    I recently had a third grade group in which all of my students were working on the /sh/ sound. At first, I was relieved to plan a session all around one sound. When I looked closer, I realized my students were all at different “stages” in working on the sh sound. It was one of their first sessions working on the sh sound, another was working on it in the middle of words and the third was working on it in sentences. This is our job as SLPs, but it made me really brainstorm some ideas so that all of my students felt successful, challenged and most importantly, motivated. Here is my list of SH sound speech therapy activities from elicitation to conversation. 

     

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    SH Sound Speech Therapy Resources for Elicitation

    First off, we need to elicit the SH sound all by itself. Here are some helpful resources for teaching the sh sound in speech therapy. 

    Learn resources to help you produce the SH sound in speech therapy

    SH Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

    Get this free SH sound syllable printable for speech therapy

    Once I’ve elicited the sound in isolation, I’ll start working on the /sh/ sound in syllables and words. As all SLPs know, we continuously have to push our students to the next level so they’re making progress all while feeling successful and challenged. (Quite the balancing act)

     

      Word Lists and Word Level Activities

          Have SH word lists for your speech therapy sessions with these no print articulation activity flipbooks

          Sound Loaded SH Phrases & Sentence Ideas

          Get ideas for working on SH in your articulation speech therapy sessions.

          Now that your student has SH in words, get working on the sound in phrases and sentences!

          • Make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework. For example, you can use the phrase “Let me show you the ____.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an /sh/ because the word your student will be working on is “show.” When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. Here are some more examples for sound loaded phrases:
            • “She has a ___.”
            • “I want to share the ___.”
            • “We need to wash the ___.”
            • “Add ___ to the shopping list.”

            Sentence Level Articulation Ideas for the SH Sound

            • If you do a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
            • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the sh sound. For example, goldfish and shark,  or shovel and brush would be great SH words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out the SH, CH, J articulation carryover set
            • Have your students create tongue twisters with your word lists that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate  tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “Shelly shared shells at the shore” or “She shouldn’t wash dishes with a shovel.” ChatGPT would be a great way to get more SH tongue twisters quickly!
            • You can make alliteration SH poems and then students can draw their poem.
            • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the SH sound. Add in carrier phrases for people to use, like “You surely won’t guess this word! It is especially tricky,” or “You sure are correct,” or “You should guess again.”
            SH sound sentence level activities for articulation therapy.

            Speech Therapy Crafts for the SH Sound

            SH words for speech therapy using easy articulation crafts.

            During your students’ journey up the ladder, it’s always fun to incorporate crafts so your students can decorate a bulletin board in your room or bring home a piece of work to share with their caregivers. Here are some craft ideas:

             

            • Make speech sound wallets that they can store in their speech folders or use to practice at home. 
            • I love doing crafts with my students but I prefer something that’s quick and easy to prep. The paper plate challenge craft is just this for a SH sound speech therapy craft.
            • Make some milkshake craft or a shape craft to use for practicing the SH sound.
            • Have students decorate their own shirt, shorts, or shoes! Sketch the shape of their clothing item on paper, cut it out, and have them decorate. They can decorate with /sh/ words or more craft materials (stickers, bingo daubers, crayons, etc). 

            Articulation Games with the SH Sound

            Most of our speech students are always asking to play a game when they come to speech. There are plenty of options for /sh/ sound games.

            • There are so many games with natural opportunities for SH sound to help keep kids motivated. 
            • Play Pinball on Toy Theater and practice words like “Push,” “Shoot,” and “Shake.”
            • On ABCYa, make a face and practice words or phrases like “She has…,” “Should I give the face…”

            Count fish in ABCYa’s Counting Fish game or dash through a dungeon in ABCYa’s Dungeon Dash (there are also versions with numbers, shapes and colors!). 

            SH articulation games that will help you get high trials.

            Where to Find SH Sound Loaded Stories

            Get ideas for SH sound loaded articulation stories and reading passages for carryover.

            If your student is a reader, incorporate SH sound-loaded reading passages into your therapy sessions. 

            SH Sound Conversation Activities

            Once your student has shown consistent success for /sh/ in sentences (and reading or retell), time to focus on generalization of the sound in conversation. While having a conversation can seem like the most straightforward task, ensuring that your student uses /sh/ sounds in the speech therapy conversation activities can feel tricky. Here are some ideas:

            • I linked this before, but make sure to check out my SH Sound conversation activities for some low-prep ideas. 
            • Find more sound-loaded non-fiction articles to read aloud. Discuss them afterward with your students. How much can they retell you? (There are non-fiction passages in the SH carryover activities.)
            • Make sound loaded questions, or would you rather games
              • Make a game like “What should I do?” and make up silly scenarios that students have to explain what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
              • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk.
              • Create a list of words that start with the SH sound (shopping, shark, dishes, washing, brush, flush) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.
            Help your student's graduate with SH articulation carryover activities

            What Articulation Activities Do You Love to Plan for SH?

            While we generally follow the same sequence of steps with sounds, it can be tricky to think of activities for each sound and each step. I hope these ideas help keep your students motivated and/or help you think of some more speech therapy SH sound activities. What else is in your SH sound toolkit? SHare with us on social media!

            Speech Articulation Disorders with Themes – Tips for How to Do It!

            Speech Articulation Disorders with Themes – Tips for How to Do It!

            It can feel relatively easy to come up with language-based activities using speech therapy themes. When it comes to theme planning with speech sound disorders, it can be tricky to brainstorm target words, get enough trials and keep your students engaged. There are lots of pros and cons when using a theme-based approach for articulation-based activities. You can listen to more about these pros and cons on this podcast episode

            I do have some tricks up my sleeve for using themes with speech sound disorders! I’ve already shared my FREE-themed word lists for Back to School, All About Me, and Pumpkins to give some ideas but that’s just a starting point to making this therapy easier, more effective, and more fun. So today, I am sharing my best tips for using themes with speech sound disorders.

            Tip #1: Picking the Right Themes for Speech Articulation Disorders

            Get 5 tips for how to use themes with your speech sound disorder goals!

            Pick themes that have a lot of vocabulary options so that you can adapt to various speech sounds. For example, food is an excellent theme because you can target a LOT of different sounds…recipe, ingredients, pot, mix, hot, cook, oven, stove, vegetables, fruits, chef, restaurant, kitchen, juice, wheat, healthy, knife, bake, taste, delicious, sugar, sour, measure and so many more. The Themed SLP Membership includes a food theme in June with lists of articulation and phonology words, lists of target words in food-related books, and more.

             

            Another option when picking a theme for articulation and phonology is being more specific in your choice of a theme. You can choose a theme that has its sound in its name. For example, a Superhero or Spider theme would be great for kids working on /s/ or /r/. A Picnic theme would be great for kids working on /p/ or /k/.

            Tip #2 Drill First, Play Later with Speech Sounds

            Structure your sessions strategically when using speech therapy themes. 

            Students can start their sessions by doing structured drills for a set amount of time, like 5-10 minutes. The second half of your session will involve a themed activity such as a sensory bin, pretend play, toy, or hands-on activity in which you can embed more natural practice with the student. 

            When you do drills as your first activity, you can get a burst of high trials, so you aren’t as stressed about getting the repetitions during the second activity.

            You can use themes with your speech articulation disorders and we give 5 tips for how to do it!

            Tip #3 Find Sound Loaded Materials within your Theme

            Get free theme speech therapy sound word lists for back to school, all about me, and pumpkins

            Find YouTube videos, and non-fiction passages or create stories related to a theme with words that have their speech sound. For example, if doing a summer theme, find a reading passage on NewsELA about lemonade for /l/ sounds, or use a themed word list to have students create short stories. For a list of summer-themed YouTube videos to use in speech, you will find a bunch in this free download

            Another activity I love is going on a sound hunt with my students using different themed materials. Go on a sound hunt in themed pictures scenes. You can also go on sound hunts in themed books. 

            For example, students can go on a sound hunt while reading “At the Supermarket.” A student can look through pictures and listen to the story while searching for pictures or words with their /l/ sound. They’d find the words roll, like, lettuce, loaf, little, laundry, cold, vanilla, yellow, all, bottle, and full

            If you’re looking for books with specific speech sounds, try using Ashley Rossi’s book search feature

            Recently, an SLP shared in the FREE Themed Therapy SLP Facebook group that she will switch out some of the words in the text that has the child’s sound to maximize opportunities for auditory bombardment and practice. This is a great way to adapt materials so it’s more suited to your student’s needs!

            Tip #4 Give Challenge Words Related to the Themed Activity

            If you are doing a speech therapy theme activity that doesn’t feel aligned with your student’s speech sounds, make a short list of challenge words that they could use during the activity.

            For example, if you’re playing a treasure hunt game or with a pirate sensory bin, and your student is working on r-blends, have them say “treasure” or “I found a treasure, I didn’t find a treasure.” when playing.

            If you’re doing a beach theme and targeting “CH,” have a “beach bag” and play a mystery game to work on inference. Every round, the child could say “What’s in the beach bag?” or explaining if you can or can’t take the item to the beach.

            Get tips for how to use themes with articulationspeech disorders

            Tip #5 Use Themed Open-Ended Reinforcers with Your Speech Articulation Disorder Students

            Learn how to use speech therapy themes for your articulation and phonology disorders

            Like many (if not most) SLPs know, many of our groups are mixed with students with language goals, speech sound disorders, and phonological disorders. Planning for all these different goals can be challenging. While using speech therapy themes can be helpful, sometimes you might find that you’re using an approach that doesn’t have many targets aligned with your theme. Try using themed open-ended reinforcers that have themed vocabulary. You can easily adapt these with different speech words! This could be a beach-related board game or a pirate ship game.

            Overall, speech therapy themes can be a game changer when it comes to planning sessions. It can feel challenging when planning for themed sessions when working with articulation or phonological disorders. Start by picking the right theme with the target sounds in mind, then choose how you want your students to practice their sounds. 

            What are your tips for using themes with speech articulation disorders? Share with us on social media!

            Speech Therapy S Sound Activities and Articulation Games

            Speech Therapy S Sound Activities and Articulation Games

            I still remember my first client in graduate school working on the /s/ sound. I spent hours preparing S Sound activities for our sessions. It’s genuinely wild to think about how long I’d spend planning for these sessions compared to the time I spend planning sessions now! Looking back at it now, this was just the start of my SLP Toolbox, and it will never stop growing. I’ve compiled a speech therapy S Sound activity list from my toolkit in this blog post! 

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            Speech Therapy S Sound Resources for Elicitation

            Learn about resources for the s and z articulation sounds to use in therapy!

            The goal of the very first treatment session? Elicit the /s/ sound in isolation. I spent so much time preparing activities and lists of cues to help him produce it! I still use the cue “lock your tongue up behind your teeth!” when helping my current students. Here are even more ideas.

             

            • You can find tips for elicitation and picture cards for the S Sound on Speech & Language at Home
            • Check out the The Marshalla Guide for loads of tips for producing many sounds including the S sound. 
            • If you need visuals, word lists and tips for eliciting the S sound, check out this Speech Sound Handbook from Peachie Speechie
            • Watch this video to show your students how to say S from Peachie Speechie.
            • When working with lateral lisps, watch this video from Peachie Speechie and read this blog post from Amy Graham.
            • Another favorite of mine for /s/ sound in isolation is super simple-yarn and space! Hold the spool of yarn while your students hold the end of it. As students make and hold the /s/ sound, walk and un-roll the spool of yarn. See how long your student can make the /s/ sound by cutting the yarn when they finish and measure the length of the yarn.  

            S Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

            Once established in isolation, it’s time to think about S words for speech therapy. Here are some ideas to help you with sessions with your students.

            Get speech therapy s sound activities to help you get high trials and keep sessions fun!

            S Words for Speech Therapy

            Get speech therapy s sound activities to help you get high trials and keep sessions fun!

            Here are even more activities for S words articulation practice.

            • Home Speech Home has a word list for S for words to use during your sessions.  
            • Another activity is to make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework.
              • For example, you can use the phrase “I see  ______.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an S because the word your student will be working on is “see.” When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. 
              • If you’re doing a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
              • Here are more examples for sound loaded phrases:
                • Sam wants ________
                • _____ is in the recipe.
                • Pass _____ to _____.
                • Put ____ on your face.
            • Harre SLP has a free Fun zoo articulation map. Students can talk about what they see and like at the Zoo. You can pair this with fun toys to make it more interactive!

            S Articulation Sentence Worksheets and Activities

            • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the S sound. For example, soccer, baseball, popsicle, and ice cream would be great S words to compare. Check out the S and Z articulation carryover set if you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards
            • Play a sentence articulation challenge game that keeps the student motivated to practice high trials in a short amount of time. 
            • Have your students create tongue twisters with your word lists that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate their tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “The snake slithered silently through the grass” or “Sam’s silly socks are stylish.”
            • Make alliteration S poems, and then students can draw their poems. 
            • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the S sound. Add in carrier phrases for students to use, like “My best guess is…” or “Listen carefully before you answer.” 
            Get your kids excited to practice their s sounds with ideas for s articulation worksheets and activities.

            Speech Therapy Crafts for the S Sound

            Need some s words speech therapy activities? This blog post has lots of easy activities for your speech therapy sessions.

            Crafts are a great way to keep kids engaged during sessions, get repetition of their sounds, and a great way to show their caregivers what they’re working on in speech! Here are some craft ideas for S sound articulation.

             

            Articulation Games with the S Sound

            “Are we going to play a game today?” is a phrase every pediatric SLP hears quite often. Here are some ideas for you when your students ask this golden question. 

            Have s and z words for your speech therapy sessions and activities to do that will get high trials in your sessions!

            S Sound Conversation Activities

            Speech Therapy S sound activities for easy planning to work on S in conversation.

            At last, it’s time to work on the /s/ sound in conversation. The /s/ sound occurs so frequently in our language so ideas for this level are endless! Here are some more ideas for speech therapy s sound. 

            • Try these S and Z Sound conversation activities to save yourself prep time and provide your students with a fun way to practice the /s/ sound. 
            • Use sound-loaded non-fiction articles to read aloud and discuss. 
            • Make sound loaded questions or play “Would You Rather?”
              • Have students answer questions “Would you try…” and they can answer “Yes” or “pass.”
            • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk
            • Create a list of words that start with the S sound (city, sand, race, messy, whistle, mouse, sick) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.

            It’s safe to say my toolbox s sound activities has expanded since my first client in graduate school, and of course it just keeps growing! What are some of your favorite activities when working on the /s/ sound? Leave a comment or tag us on social media!

            Speech Therapy L Sound Activities That Are Effective!

            Speech Therapy L Sound Activities That Are Effective!

            All our students learn so differently. One student may respond to a cue we always use, but another may struggle to produce their target sound. There’s always a new trick to learn and an activity to add to our toolbox. I wrote this speech therapy L sound articulation post to help add to your toolbox, to use as your call for backup during a busy week, and whatever else you might need to work on the L sound in syllables, words, sentences, reading, and conversation. 

             

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            Resources for Teaching the L Sound in Speech Therapy

            First step, elicit that L sound. Here are some helpful links for this first step.

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              L Sound in Isolation and Syllables

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              • Once you’ve elicited the L sound, practice it in isolation. You can use this free printable from Adventures in Speech Pathology to get repeated practice with the L sound in isolation. Don’t forget to grab some dot markers, crayons, or markers for your students to color as they practice! 

               

               

              Speech Therapy L Sounnd Words Activities

              Next on the L Articulation to do list? Practice the L sound in syllables and words! Here are some ideas.

               

              • Keep everything in one place with these L activities speech therapy digital folders. You can easily customize quick drill activities for your in-person and teletherapy sessions. The digital folders include links to websites, YouTube videos, Google Slides, progress monitoring tools, and PDFs.

               

               

              • These FREE Speech Therapy L Word Activities Books will help get those high trials in with activities and word lists. Print, laminate, cut them out and keep them together with binder clips. No time to prep? Use the L word activity books on your iPad or computer!

               

               

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              More L Articulation Therapy Ideas

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              • Print out L speech word picture cards and use them for I spy games, drills, sensory bins, and more articulation activities your students enjoy! 

               

              • For kids who need movement or games that are sound-loaded, Home Speech Home has a few great suggestions. 

               

               

              • Play Lids N’ Lizards!  Head to the blog for some free printables to use this game throughout the year. 

              L Articulation Sentence Activities

              Finding that your students are ready to work on L in sentences? Here are some ideas for you!

              • Make L sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session. Then, your students can take this paper home for weekly homework.

               

              • For example, you can use the phrase “Look at the ______.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an L because the word your student will be working on is “look.” When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items.
              • If you’re doing a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the themed vocabulary. See this IG for more details

               

              • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the L sound. For example, lemon and lime or pool and lake would be great L words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out the L articulation carryover set
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              • With your words lists, have your students create tongue twisters that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate their tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “Lucy loves long walks around the lake” or “Lionel left his lunch in his locker.”

               

              • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the L sound. Add in carrier phrases for people to use like “My lips are sealed, but here is a clue: ______” 

              Speech Therapy Crafts for the L Sound

              Many kids get super motivated when they have created something of their own. I’ve made a list of some fun L sound crafts for you and your students.

              • Make speech sound wallets that your students can store in their speech folders or use for practice at home. 

               

               

              • With construction paper, glue, markers and a hole punch, your students can create this cute ladybug hole punch craft from Speech Sprouts. Each time you practice a word, they can punch a new hole in the ladybug wings!
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              L Sound Conversation Activities

              When your students have mastered the sentence level, it’s time for reading and conversation!

              • My L and L-blend conversation activities includes data sheets, short stories, non-fiction passages, compare and contrast cards, conversation starters, sequencing cards, problem solving bingo and a mystery delivery activity. It also includes a digital option for all activities included! 
              • Use some L sound-loaded non-fiction articles for students to read aloud. 
                • Check out Wonderopolis and readworks.org for more L sound-loaded articles. For example, students can read about Abraham Lincoln or about lizards.
              • Make sound loaded questions or would you rather games using the L sound. For example, you can ask “What do you LIKE more?” 
              • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk

              Create a list of words that start with the L sound (laugh, lazy, lion, learn, like, look, light, large, leg) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.

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              Progress Monitoring Tools for the L Sound

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              If you need quick data checks for updates on your L sound speech therapy goals, check out the L progress monitoring Google Slide and Forms in the L digital speech folder. If you are working on minimal pairs for gliding or cluster reduction, there are also progress monitoring tools for those sound pairs. 

              What Speech Therapy L Sound Activities do You Plan?

              I hope this post gave you some new ideas for cues, activities and resources when working on the L sound at all levels. There are so many ways we can work on speech sounds with our students and different ways we can support them in and out of sessions. What have you been doing during sessions to keep your students engaged while working on the L sound? Share in the comments or tag us on social to share your ideas!

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              Speech Therapy TH Sound Ideas To Help Your Kids Master It!

              Speech Therapy TH Sound Ideas To Help Your Kids Master It!

              Working on the TH sound in speech can feel challenging. It can be tricky to think of motivating words with the voiced and voiceless TH sounds. These sounds, though, occur so frequently in our language! Just re-read those first three sentences… so many TH sounds! We could have our clients drill reoccurring voiced, and voiceless TH sounds for a whole session, or we can try to find easy ways to spice things up with our therapy. Nothing makes a session drag more than doing boring drills the entire time. So, I’ve compiled some of my favorite resources and engaging speech therapy TH sound activities, and it’s all right here in this blog post!

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              Resources For Speech Therapy TH Sound

              The first step, establish the sound in isolation and practice voiced and voiceless TH in syllables. Here are some helpful resources. 

              th sound speech therapy activities to help your students get lots of practice!

              TH Speech Therapy Words Ideas and Activities

              Learn about speech th sound word activities that will get high trials.

              Now that your student has established the voiced and voiceless TH sounds, it’s time to start practicing the sounds in words. 

              • One activity I’ve done in the past shows my students two pictures (like cats vs. dogs) and asks them if they like or would rather have “THIS” or “THAT?” Print/write THIS and THAT, place one picture/item below each word, and students can answer THIS or THAT. 
              • Use these TH activities speech therapy digital folders to customize quick drill activities for your in-person and teletherapy sessions. Everything is in one place, including links to websites, YouTube videos, Google Slides, progress monitoring tools, and PDFs.
              • Grab some pipe cleaners, beads, and pipe cleaner articulation for another one of my TH articulation activities. 
              • Print out TH speech word picture cards and use them for I spy games, drills, sensory bins, and more articulation activities that your students enjoy!
              • For kids who need movement or play-based speech therapy activities when working on TH, use this fun game, “throw it” from Home Speech Home.

               

              High Trial TH Picture Word Ideas

              You can get a TON of trials for your students who need TH picture words using the TH articulation activity flipbooks. There is a printable version which is very engaging because kids go bananas for using dry-erase markers.

              Or, you can use it on your iPad or Kami Chrome Extension with the No Print version.

              To help kids see how long they have to practice their words, you can set a timer for 1-5 minutes.

              I like to do a minute and keep track of their trials with these digital counters. After the minute practice, I can give feedback about productions and show them how many words they practiced.

              We can set it again for another minute and follow the same procedure. You can get a lot of buy-in for how easy it can be to practice at home each day for two minutes after they see they can get 25-100 trials in two minutes!

               

               

              Fun and engaging speech therapy activities for the TH sound

              TH Articulation Sentences Level Activities

              Now your student is moving on up to sentences with our TH sound! Give these a try.

              • Use this TH sentence activity challenge and send home practice sheets with your student!
              • Use sound-loaded carrier phrases with flashcards, mini trinkets, or word lists. You can pair the I Spy sensory bin with the sound-loaded TH visual sentence strips
              • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the TH sound. For example, teeth and mouth or toothpaste and toothbrush would be great TH words to compare. If you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards, check out TH articulation carryover set
              • Also included in this carryover set are some Sequencing TH pictures.
              • Use your speech word lists for TH to create carrier phrases. I use Home Speech Home or the themed speech sound word lists from the Themed Therapy SLP membership to find TH word lists. For example, you can write a phrase like, “I went to school with _______.” Then have your student fill in the blank. Use these free TH word list flashcards with this activity.
              • Play a guessing game and use the TH carrier phrase “I am thinking of _______” or “I am thinking of something _____.” You don’t have to use a TH word list by having a sound-loaded TH phrase. You could even play a trivia game, and students are required to answer, “I think the answer is.”
              Th sound speech therapy activities to help you plan for your speech sound goals

              Speech Therapy TH Sound Reading Passages

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              The key to getting high trials at the reading level is finding stories or passages with reoccurring TH words. Here are some resources you can use: 

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              At last, your student’s TH articulation objectives have reached the conversation level. Here are some ideas for you!

              • Search for how-to YouTube videos that contain TH. For example, you can search for “How to wash a thermos?” or “What to do if you have a toothache?” Use those videos to work on speech carryover while answering wh-questions, summarizing, defining vocabulary, and explaining the steps. You can use these pre-selected TH YouTube videos QR task cards in the TH articulation carryover activities set. 
              • Play the game or activity, “What do you think?” Give them a sound-loaded question, show them a funny video or topic, and have them share “What they think.” You can use the Epic or Fail videos from Ellen’s channel to have students predict what they “think” will happen next.
              • Any “Would you Rather?” or “What would you do?” questions are great for sneaking in practice. You can get what would you do question in my TH articulation carryover set or find some fun questions from Erik Raj
              • Lastly, incorporate self-monitoring skills using this post.
              Have an easy to administer TH articulation progress monitoring tool for the word level.

              What TH articulation activities do you plan?

              Get ideas for planning sessions that get high trials for TH sounds with engaging speech therapy activities

              Voiced and voiceless TH sound is one of the most visual sounds to teach. And hopefully, after this post, you’ll feel even more prepared to use motivating and engaging activities with your students. What TH activities do you do? Please share in the comments or tag us on social to share your ideas!

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