Maximum Fun with Minimal Pairs! (FREEBIE!)

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Using minimal pairs in artic therapy is a common evidence based approach.  Not only have I found it useful with speech production, but it’s been invaluable with those early school aged kiddos who start having difficulty with early reading writing skills due to their misarticulation.  (I find the biggest culprit for this is f/th confusion.  I’d love to hear your.)

So to address both of these tasks, I’ve been creating activities that allow us to listen, say and sort, plus reinforce sound/symbol associations.

Max fun flip book copy

Flip books:

Print the flip book, fold and cut on the dotted line to create two flaps.

Max fun pics copy

Give the child a set of pictures and have them either say the words or listen to your production and identify the initial sound.  Glue in place.  Send home to say and color for extra practice.

When possible, I created two sets of pics so you can use the activity twice.  Sound that did not easily allow for two sets of minimal pair words, contain one set of true minimal pairs and one set of words for sorting by initial sound.  (Pairs are deliberately not matched so the child can do the sorting.)

Max fun dauber sheet copy

Dauber pages:

These sheets contain six pictures with the initial phoneme choice below.  The student simply colors or uses a dauber to make the selection.  Again, pictures are selected so they can be used for additional color and say practice at home.

Minimal pairs include:  r/w, l/w, v/b, f/th, s/sh, ch/sh.

Pages print black and white except for the r/w pictures which include a red outlined circle.  You could easily print b&w and simply outline yourself if needed.  Check out the entire set here.

Pick up your FREEBIE for “s” and “t” here.

What minimal pair(s) do you end up addressing most often?

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Review and Giveaway: Easy-to-Say First Words

***Stephanie K was the winner of this giveaway!  Congratulations!***

This sweet book, Easy-To-Say First Words: A Focus on Final Consonants, could easily be renamed Easy-to-Love.  Created by Cara Tambellini Danilson, a certified SLP, it’s designed for parents to work on those often tricky final consonants outside of the therapy session.

Here’s why you’ll love it.

  1.  About this book:  This page provides a clear and concise description of what a final consonant is and why they matter.
  2. Guide for Reading:  These five tips are perhaps the best parent instructions I’ve seen.  There are very clear suggestions for positioning, gesturing, encouraging and responding.  And it’s just the right amount of information—not too overwhelming.  The clarity will allow parents to generalize their lessons to other books.
  3. Story pages:  Each page is stand-alone rather than being part of a story.  While this may not suit everyone, from a speech standpoint it’s magnificent since you can pick and choose which pages to use based on target, interest and attention.


easy to read copy

There are 15 “story pages” in total—five each for final p/t/k (hooray, words for each front, middle and back placement position!)

On the left side is the target word written three times.  On the right side is a short sentence with the target word at the end to encourage fill-in-the-blank attempts.

The illustrations are adorable paper cut-outs by Cara’s mom, Mary.  (Check out her greeting cards too!)

I can’t wait to use this with my littlest ones as well as young kiddos with phonological issues or apraxia.

I received a free copy for review, but the opinions expressed here are my own.  Cara has also generously offered another copy for a lucky reader.

To enter, let us know what your first word, or your child’s first word, was beyond ma-ma, da-da by midnight EST, Sunday April 13, 2014.  I’ll choose a name at random and announce it Monday, April 14, 2014.  (My daughter’s first word was “ball” and my son’s was “doggie.”)  Good luck!


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iName It (Household items): Review and Giveaway!

iName it title page

My caseload has focused on pediatrics and it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen adults, so it may surprise you a review of  iName It app by Smarty Ears, which is geared towards adults with aphasia, is showing up here.

I was hoping that it might be helpful as a basic vocabulary app for little ones especially those with word retrieval difficulties—and it is!  Because of the variety of prompts available, I’m thinking it might also have utility with apraxia goals.

The app is very easy to use and was designed to be used by patients for independent practice.  Simply add a user to get started and you’ll be taken to the home screen with five room options—bathroom, bedroom, garage, kitchen, and living room.

iName it color scene

Click on a scene, and you’ll be taken to a photo of a modern room in full color.

iName it b&w

You can leave the scene as is, or click the “eye” at the bottom to switch to a black and white scene with only the target vocabulary remaining in color.

iName it prompt options

Now, click on an object.  Could you name it?  Great!  Hit the check (it will appear over the pic in the tray at the bottom of the screen).

iName it refrigerator

Need a bit of help?  Touch the head with the search icon .  Now you’ll see five prompting options—initial sound (written), definition, fill in the blank, phonetic cue and finally the word itself.  You can select any prompt(s) in any order.

iName it definition



iName it fill in the blank

Again, click the check mark at any point that you got the answer (or hit missed).

iName it results

The app will keep track of your results and even which cues were the most helpful.

The app contains fifty (50) common household objects and has settings for English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  For more information click here.

Smarty Ears generously gave me a copy of the app for review, though the opinions expressed here are my own, and I have another for a reader!  Enter below, the giveaway ends April 8, 2014 at midnight EST.  Good luck!
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