Action Articulation (Part 2)

Action Artic S cards copy

About a year and half ago I wrote a post titled A Little More Action.  I had been to a few conferences that had me making some tweaks to my therapy.  The first suggestion was to focus on voiced errors (with the idea that the voiceless would likely correct without direct intervention once the voiced target did) and the other was that adding movement to therapy aided dramatically in carry-over.

But here’s the thing, I had a few kids, actually quite a few, that struggled so dramatically with the voiced phoneme that we couldn’t start there—the frustration was at quitting levels—so nowadays, while I’ll take a good stab at starting with voiced, I’ll switch back to the traditional voiceless if we can get success there more easily.

My Action Articulation cards give wiggly kiddos an opportunity to act out silly actions or can be used as charades and they offer lots of options for language development and following directions!   Lots of therapists downloaded my initial sets, but now I have voiceless options, as well as a compiled bundle to save you more than 20% if you purchase all the available sets.  If you’re the crafty sort, check out my inital post for creating storage tins from empty mint containers.

Action artic L blend FREEBIE cards copy

And if you simply want to try one out, pick up my FREEBIE for L blends here.  Follows and feedback are always appreciated!

Action Articulation for R and R blends

Action Articulation for K, S and S blends

Action Articulation for F, V, SH and CH

Action Articulation for Z, L and G

Action Articulation for ZH, J and TH

Thoughts on the whole voiced/voiceless thing?  Which do you start with?

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Spinner Speech for Categories: Home Activities

Catch a Cootie!

This is a quick articulation activity I use that the kids love and when I send it home, I know they practice!  It also has the added benefit of aiding in carry-over, because cooties are fun to share!  It’s a good old fashioned cootie catcher, but in this case it catches good speech productions as well.  When used as a home activity for Spinner Speech for Categories, simply write a category on each flap and have the child list 3-5 items within the category OR open/shut for each item they name within a set time (10-20 seconds).

  1.  You need a square piece of paper.  I take a sheet of computer paper and fold one corner to the opposite edge, making a neat triangle, and either cut or rip off the “extra” rectangle strip that is left on the side.  Unfold back to square.
  2. Fold each corner into the middle.  Now you are looking at a small square made up of four triangles.  Flip it over.
  3. Same thing—fold each corner to center.  Again, you’ll end up with a smaller square this time made up of four split triangles.  Keep this side facing up.
  4. Fold in half one way, then unfold.  Fold in half the other way and pick up.
  5. Pinch the bottom fold on each end between your thumbs and index fingers, kind of tucking your fingers beneath the triangles.
  6. Gently push your fingers together.  You are shooting for a cone type shape.
  7. Write a target word and number (for # of trials) on each outside triangle.
  8. Open, and write another target word and number on each triangle.  Close.  Open the other direction and fill those triangles in as well.
  9. Now, lay the square flat.  Lift each “double” triangle and write two fortunes beneath it.  I angle each fortune in a different direction so it “belongs” to the target above it.  Refold to cone shape.
  10. Time to play!  The child chooses a word on an outside triangle.  As he repeats it (based on the number of trials listed) open and close the cone.
  11. He choose an inside triangle word (and number of trials).  As he repeats the target, open and close the cone again.
  12. Now the child chooses a final target word.  I don’t typically ask for repetitions here.  Lift to reveal the fortune.

Good Fortune Ideas

  1. Your P.E. team will win.
  2. A teacher will smile at you.
  3. You will stay up past your bedtime in the near future.
  4. You will visit a friend’s house.
  5. Your sister/brother will lend you a hand.
  6. A friend thinks you are funny.
  7. You will lose your wiggly tooth.
  8. You will hear a silly joke.
  9. You will win a board game soon.
  10. Your (handwriting/spelling/basketball shot) will improve.
  11. You will giggle soon.
  12. A classmate will share something with you.
  13. You will have a fun weekend.
  14. Someone will pay you a compliment.
  15. Your (reading/artistic/athletic) talents are unsurpassed.
  16. You have many admirers.
  17. Your favorite dinner is coming soon.
  18. A special treat is in your future.
  19. You will get a “high 5” soon.
  20. Your speech therapist will ask you to work hard!
  21. There is a cookie in your future.
  22. A sunny day is coming.
  23. The (sports team) will win a game soon.
  24. You will see a silly picture.
  25. You will hear “good job”.
  26. You will find something you’ve lost.
  27. You will have exciting news.
  28. Success is in your future.
  29. You are someone’s hero.
  30. You are awesome inside and out!

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App Review and Giveaway: Articulate It!

AI cover copy

Just last week I saw Smarty Ears announce an update to Articulate It! that allows you to select themes.  What fun!  I downloaded the change immediately.

Articulate It! is an articulation flashcard app with two “play” options—flashcard drill or matching—which makes it seem a bit generic.  Simply select or add a player(s) to start and hit “play.”  Now choose “FlashCards” or “Matching.”  Now it starts to differentiate itself from the other artic deck apps.

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Choose from four options:  phonemes, phonological processes, manner of articulation or number of syllables.

AI flashcard sample copy

Phonemes:  Classic articulation therapy here.  Choose the phoneme or blend you want to target and then select the position(s).  Next you’ll see a words list of included cards so you can scroll quickly and deselect any that are inappropriate for your particular client.  Hit “Play” and you’re ready to go.  Each flashcard gives you the option for word/phrase/sentence and you can change the setting on the card mid-stream.

Phonological Processes:  Under this mode, you can choose from:  fronting, stopping, deafrication, initial or final consonant deletion, backing, gliding or consonant cluster reduction.  Again, you’ll have a chance to review the target word list and remove any that you don’t want before you begin.

Manner of Articulation:  This sorts the flashcards by manner so you can target, for example, nasals or fricatives.

Number of Syllables:  Just like it says, this option lets you choose between 1-4 syllable words though it does not target specific sounds.

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A few more cool things:  The app allows 1-6 players at a time (with individual goals selected) and robust reporting options.  You also have the option (in settings) to change preferences like transition sounds on/off or displaying the word.    There is a notepad for recording info on an individual card.  Rotate allows you to “turn” the card which is helpful when sitting across from a student.  There is also the option to record.  Homework sheets for printing are also available. Plus, there is an option to add your own words as needed (for instance I always need “Mrs. Lewis” for inital /l/)!

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I’m a HUGE fan of themes and love the mental organization they can provide when working on vocabulary so I was very enthusiastic to try the new “themes” option.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite what I expected.  The word lists themselves are not “themed” but the pages themselves are (which makes sense since a lot of the word lists would become very limited).   So, in addition to the default theme, there are now a dozen fancy backgrounds complete with appropriate sound effects that I know my students will love.  Themes include various seasons/holidays, dog and underwater.   They should help get/keep kids engaged that need to work on the same target for long periods of time.  I’d love to see a really big draw theme for boys like trains, super heroes or fireman added in the future.  Warning:  the theme pages are quite busy and might not be appropriate for visually distracted kids.

If you already own Articulate It! you can download the theme update immediately.  If you’d like to enter my giveaway (thank you, Smarty Ears!) for one of two copies ($28.99 value), enter below.  If you’d like my “Thematic Word Lists organized by phoneme/position” simply hop over to my Facebook page and “Like” to download it!

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