This is my format for a typical articulation session (30 min).
0-2:00 min Daily rapport building and check-in. For older kids, this might include finding out how a recent presentation went or if one is on the horizon. Also gives me a chance to see how things sound in connected speech. I don’t make any corrections during this time.
2:00-5:00 min Recap I always start by asking what we are working on. It is very important to me that my students are able to verbalize their own goals! We also do quick reminders on things we need to remember (i.e. lip position) to get mentally prepared.
5:00-10:00 min Rapid Sequence Drills I tend to run my students through sequences of nonsense syllables, starting at a slow pace and increasing the rate until they break down. Most of the kids find this kind of silly and fun and don’t view it as “work”.
10:00-25:00 min Therapy Activities This is the meat of our treatment session. For most kids I’ll have 2-3 different activities even if the target words are staying the same. My goal is to get 150 trials of the sound per session. I also try to include a short activity burst that is one step beyond what they are currently doing. So, for example, if I have a child working on single words, we’ll do one activity or portion of an activity in which they add a carrier phrase. This is critical to assisting with carry-over as well as pushing them forward.
25:00-27:00 min Session Feedback Lots of kids like the chance to chart how many trials they’ve accomplished. (see chart in “Free Downloads”) This is when I also hand out stickers or any prize they may have earned.
27:00-30:00 min Closing I write a quick note if I haven’t had a chance to do it during the session and set up for the next child.