Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Yakety Yak! Talkin' About Speech Therapy

My youngest son and his speech therapist have taught me much this past year.  However, my son has taught me the most.  I am not a speech therapist, but am a reading specialist.  Since last July when my son started speech therapy, I have noticed numerous similarities between the two, as far as intervention and teaching strategies are concerned. 

On the other hand, one difference I have noticed is that speech progress is much slower than what I see in reading progress with primary students.  At least it is much slower for my son.  While he has shown tremendous growth with reading readiness and has learned all his letters, sounds, and most of the pre-primer sight words over the last year, he is still struggling with the /k/ sound.  He has worked on this sound since last July.  That is a full 12 months.  There has been significant improvement, and he is almost there!

I have learned to be ever so patient, to stop working with him when he shows frustration, and to integrate his target speech sounds with  reading (which he loves).  His therapist has taught me little tricks like making sure he opens his mouth wide when practicing sounds, speaking in front of a hand held mirror so he can see his tongue, and how to blend sounds (/k/- /hat/) for "cat".

From working with my son, I also know that I can sneak in practicing his speech homework more so with his pragmatic speech when we have normal conversations than when I structure time.  He's unwilling to practice the sounds on his worksheet, but if he asks for a "tookie" for snack, he is much more motivated to correct the sound when I say, "Fix that word".  Imagine that! 

Because of his reluctance to practice his sounds, I have created numerous board games and interactive activities for him. He is very visual and loves clip art!  Often he tells me the theme he would like for a game and then helps me to select the clip art.

My latest speech therapy game for the /k/ sound is one that he helped to design!  It's a back to school theme with adorable clip art from My Cute Graphics.

This game has a game board, word and picture cards for the /k/ sound, a sentence starter mat, and a template to make a /k/ mini-booklet!

You can view the game in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or in my Teachers Notebook Shop.  It's only $2!

In addition to speech therapy, this activity packet could also be used in a preschool or kindergarten literacy center!

Click on the picture of the "My Book of K Sounds" above to grab a FREE copy of the template.  It's a one page template.  Make as many copies as you need. Students glue a picture/word card that comes with the packet in the space on the right. You could provide your own clip art or cut out pics from magazines to use with this free template.



  1. Thanks so much for sharing! My 3 yr old son starts speech on Monday. I don't know anything much about speech either but I have had a few students in my class over the years that have gone. I am looking forward to helping my child and learning more to be able to help my kiddos in class too.

    I'm having a giveaway! I'd love for you to enter:)
    The Busy Busy Hive

  2. Hi Heather! I didn't realize how complex speech and articulation difficulties/delays are! To make it even more so my son will only whisper to his speech therapist, so she is limited in what she can hear. His experience so far has helped me with my students too! I wish you and your little man all the best. Let me know how he does! Lauren

  3. I found your blog through the Room 5 linky, and I'm your newest follower. I'm an SLP, so this post about being a reading specialist and your son going through speech therapy caught my eye.

    Oh, How Pintearesting!

  4. Hi Laura! I will have to follow your blog. This whole speech therapy has been quite an adventure!


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