Articulation therapy focuses on first correcting the speech errors and then changing the motor plan to correctly produce those sounds in conversational speech. We know a high number of trials is required, but that can be difficult to obtain, especially in group therapy. I’ve listed 5 ways to elicit 100 trials while keeping kids engaged.
Each of these are ideas straight from my speech room!
ONE: Dollar Challenge. Three years ago I wrote about the Dollar Challenge I did with my students. They used regular artic cards to elicit 100 trials and earn a dollar for our wall.
Now that I am going to the preschool classrooms, I needed a way to revise the program to elicit the same number of trials but in an easy to use format with the words already included. After we say 100 target words together in speech, I can send the paperwork home so parents can easily view.
To play, the students practice the 10 artic words at the bottom of the page until they have completed 100 trials. They color in the pennies as they go. Once they reach 100 pennies they color in the dollar! You can find the Dollar Challenge activity in my TpT Shop.
TWO:: Give Me 10
“Give Me 10” is developed to help students practice articulation targets multiple times while counting on 10 fingers. It gives children a visual feedback support by showing the number of trials they have completed.
This set is meant to be very flexible to meet the needs of your caseload and includes both long and short crafts as well as follow-up homework sheets. The target of these activities is to elicit 100 trials. Each word practiced 10 times each will elicit these trials.
THREE:: Counters & Artic Cards
You can grab the tally counters really easily on Amazon. They pair easily with my articulation cards. They include 65 pages of articulation cards. It includes 516 articulation cards. Laminate all cards. Use the visual cues in the bottom corner to increase student independence. It will allow your student to visualize the mouth position for each sound. The following sounds are included with 8 cards in the initial, medial, and final positions for a total of 24 cards for each sound. P, B, M, N, T, D, S, Z, F, V, L, K, G, J, SH, CH, TH. The following sounds are included with 8 cards for each sounds: R, ER, AIR, AR, OR, EAR, IRE. The following blends are included in the initial position: 28 S-Blend cards and 24 L-Blend cards. The blend cards have both consonant sound visual cues.
Have student use the tally counters to track their correct productions. One they reach 100 trials, time them during the second 100! Can they beat their time?
FOUR:: Sound Towers are something I posted about back in 2011. Grab 100 Dixie Cups.
Have your student write artic words on the bottom of the tower. Use them to stack into towers. Say each word as you stack it. Make several towers until you finish all 100!
FIVE:: One Breath Box is an idea for targeting skills quickly. This free download
includes several sounds and focuses on saying as many sounds as possible in one breath. This engaging activity gets kids in a rush to complete their speech words!
I’d love to hear any other ideas you use for completing a high number of trials each session.
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