This is an old tried and true activity that I haven't blogged about yet. But I thought as there are many wonderful parents out there trying to elicit some new sounds from their children, I could share this great way to do it!
I call this activity Articulation Boxes (you can find a FREE download at bottom of this blog) for lack of a better word. The goal is to work on the target (or problem) sound in isolation (so the sound all by itself) and then in CV (consonant-vowel) and/or VC (vowel-consonant) syllables. The first thing I do is make a page (in powerpoint b/c its super easy to do there) of "boxes" with the problem sound in it. Then I find a game, toy or craft the child loves and place these sound boxes ALL over the activity.
|In this instance I placed the "S" boxes ALL over this race car mat. Everytime the child drives over or finds the sound box, he/she must imitate the sound after you. This is considered producing the sound in isolation.|
|Once you get good at CV and VC syllables you can play around and make up your own silly nonsense words (above would be produced "acey").|
|CVCV words are great for practicing the target sound in the beginning and middle of words.|
The key to success with the use of articulation boxes is not the boxes themselves but to use a motivating activity the child REALLY enjoys in which to place these articulation boxes. You know they saying..."You catch more flies with honey"...well you'll get more practice with your child if you choos an activity or toy they really like.
Looking for some articulation boxes? Well click below, download and print out for sounds K, G, S, L, R, and vowels.
Download from Google Docs:
K, G, S, R, L articulation boxes
Download from Scribd:
K G S R L in Isolation, CV, VC Syllables
After I wrote this post, I came across these super cute FREE winter themed sound boxes at Rowdy in Room 300 you could use with the above activity with these graphics! Check out Rowdy's blog and download your freeb holiday sound boxes there!
Enjoy! Happy Talking!