Cycles for Speech Therapy Final Consonant Deletion (and Giveaway!)

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I find one of the toughest aspects of phonological processing disorders is the “huh?” look you get from teachers or caregivers when you explain you’re going to implement a cycles approach.  I’m not sure if it’s the auditory bombardment thing or if it’s the fact that we will continue to plow ahead in the, seemingly, face of no progress or the presentation of skills that can seem well beyond the child’s age.

Yet, you really need to get others on board if you hope to make some headway in a reasonable amount of time.  So when I was looking for resources and came across Cycles for Speech Therapy packets by Gold Country SLP and discovered the clear rationale and integrated homework, I was thrilled.  What a huge timesaver!

I’ve been using the Final Consonant Deletion pack (there are packs for cluster reduction and syllables/fronting/backing too).  Here’s how it works.

Cycles worksheets

First, you have the very clear and concise description of how to implement cycles therapy (helpful for explaining to parents and helpful if you haven’t been doing cycles therapy regularly).

Next, the packet is divided by phonemes and each contains:

  • Lists for auditory bombardment
  • Cards for each of those words (color and b&w versions)
  • Six activities including Trace ‘N’ Say, Do a Dot, Make a Book, Cut and Glue.

I’ve used some of the activities in therapy and then sent an additional page home for practice.  Sheets are short and I’ve had more success with follow through both at home or in the classroom as a result.

Cycles homework

Tip:  Some of my little people are pretty antsy.  To get them to attend better during the auditory bombardment section, I let them use a finger light on the page of pictures.  I have to say the word they point to.  They love the control of this!

Tracy is currently reviewing my Pathways for Articulation and Language.  Click here to see how she’s using it and for additional chances to win both products!

Looking for play-based activities for final consonant deletion? Click here.

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  2. Susan Stelly

    I like to bike at the local state park.

  3. Sumi Wilson

    Love to bike in my neighborhood!

  4. jean

    I bike through the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. — Well sometimes I walk up those rolling hills and ride down! :s

  5. Kim Hovey

    I live in Ohio and enjoy biking the old tow paths along the canals in Cuyahoga State Park.

  6. Jean

    I love to bike ride through the beautiful New Hampshire towns and back roads which surround me.

  7. Lisa E.

    I like to bike on all the different bike paths that wind through my town!

  8. M. Parker

    The Silver Comet Trail – Ga. Old railroad track turned into bike trail.

  9. Sharon Swindell

    Thanks for your review! This seems like a wonderful product! I live in ohio and among my favorite places to bike is also the tow path! However, drive a couple of hours and you have all of Presque isle to enjoy!

  10. Tonya Coleman

    I love to bike an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail.

  11. Ann F

    I like the Cynwyd Heritage Trail which is just outside Philadelphia. It’s an old transit line which was converted to a walking and biking trail. It’s pretty flat which is great for those of us who bike for pleasure.

  12. Kari Gerstenberger

    I like to ride my bike with my kids and husband around my neighborhood.

  13. Jeannette Burgess, CCC-SLP

    I like to bike the Silver Comet Trail in Atlanta, GA !

  14. Wendy Mathiwoetz

    I love biking on the trails near my home!

  15. Latrice S.

    I like to bike at the Hike & Bike Trail in Austin, TX!

  16. Chandra Brown

    I am not the best bike rider , so for the safety of all parties involved, I stick to riding in my neighborhood 🙂 – HA!

  17. Danna

    I love biking the trails around town or Glenbow Ranche (part of the Transcanada Trail – a biking/walking pathway system which weaves its way across Canada)

  18. Annie Doyle

    Our home overlooks Newfound Lake in NH. One of my favorite rides is around the lake. It has a few challenging hills, but I I just put it in the granny gear and “cycle” up!

  19. peri walker

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  20. Carol

    I don’t bike but love to hike through nearby Caesar Creek State Park in Ohio!

  21. Suzanne

    Along the Rail Trails in North Central Massachusetts.

  22. Laura

    I like to bike around where I live.

  23. Sandy H

    Love to ride around a local lake!

  24. Kyra

    Great review, Kim! Always looking for materials that give me a refresher on the therapy rationale/approach at the same time!

    My favorite place to “bike” is around the cul-de-sac in front of my house with my toddler and preschooler – loving this warmer weather in MD!

  25. Ron

    bike near water

  26. Dawn Seligman

    I like to bike the River Parkway in Ottawa Ontario Canada. They close it all summer for Sunday bikers.

  27. Shira Reiss

    I love to bike the Highline Canal in Denver, CO directly to the school where I work (6 miles). We have an amazing biking trail system in Denver.

    1. Karrie

      I live in a rural area of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia so I bike in my neighbourhood in the months it doesn’t snow. (It just snowed here the other day!)

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    I like to bike on the trails in northern Wisconsin.

  31. Jill S

    Here in Pittsburgh, I like to bike in the parks; the roads are too hilly and narrow! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing and hosting this! I have 3 clients with CAS right now who could really benefit from it!

  32. Theresa

    I like to bike around the lake near my house! 🙂

  33. Milodie Long

    Here in Bend, Oregon I love to bike the dry canyon trail and smith Rock. Also around my neighborhood. Thanks for your review and helpful information I have some kiddos who would really benefit !

  34. Adrienne

    I love to walk beside my 4 year old while she learns to ride her bike down our street while my 2 year old rides a balance bike beside us!!

  35. Erika Buessing

    I lOVE TO BIKE OUT IN THE COUNTRY!!

  36. Carrie

    along the lake roads…

  37. Joan O'Brien

    Biking the rail trails all around Massachusetts is great! The Cape Cod Canal is especially beautiful on the right summer day….just .a few more months to go…..*sigh*

  38. Pam Dahm

    I don’t love to bike at all, but I did enjoy mountain biking down a caldera near Bend, OR stopping to play in waterfalls along the way! This is an awesome packet and I would LOVE to win. THIS kid of cycling I can handle!

  39. Andi Bregstone

    I love it!! I like riding on the George Washington Parkway by the potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, near Mt. Vernon estate of George Washington.

  40. Debbie

    I love to bike the railroad trails in Baltimore that go north and stop at an old house , now a restaurant , for lunch. Great for the whole family. An adventure!

  41. Debbie

    That kind of cycling in Baltimore is pedaling on my own power, but my other favorite cycling is my Harley in the hills of Northern Georgia! Girl cycling power!!

  42. Jenn

    I love to bike around the lake near my house. It’s a beautiful 15 mile loop. It is perfect to go at sunrise watching the colors over the lake!

  43. Dawn Carriero

    I bike through the wine region of Livermore, California. It’s lovely this time of year with the grape vines growing each day!

  44. Jeanna g

    I like to bike along the boardwalk bike trails at the beach

  45. Jeanna g

    I like to bike along the boardwalk bike trails at the beach In NYC

  46. Carly

    I love biking on the beach or on the roads along the beach. Jacksonville’s ocean views are beautiful!!

  47. Christine

    I haven’t ridden a bike in ages, but I have a 6 year old who is learning to ride a bike around our neighborhood. 🙂

  48. Renee

    We like to bike on the hiking trail in our little town in Connecticut. biking with my kids helps me slow down and enjoy the ride.

  49. Dani Kaplan

    I like to bike around my neighborhood! 🙂

  50. Margaux

    I like to bike just about anywhere, to work, downtown, in the Rocky Mountains….

  51. Hannah

    I love biking on the Tony Knowels Costal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska. It follows the Cook Inlet and it is beautiful!!!

  52. Caroline

    I love to bike around a local lake. Love watching the wildlife.

  53. Lisa M

    I love biking in the Pacific NW along the Burke Gilman trail and the Interurban trails!

  54. Denise Dennin

    I love biking at the Jersey Shore…Ocean City 🙂

  55. The SLT Scrapbook

    We live in an area with loads of forests, so we often go cycling around there.

  56. Susan Hileman

    Thanks for a great review! I like to bike on the historic Katie trail.

  57. Stephanie K

    Mackinac Island in Michigan!!

  58. Kathie Ballantyne

    Thanks for your awesome ideas and products.
    I love to bike on a path next to the Blackstone Valley Canal, it goes for miles, and is so beautiful, expecially in the fall.

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