Youngsters look forward to doing these lively activities that eliminate phonological processes and reinforce language skills.
- Reduce or eliminate seven phonological processes
- Build intelligible speech
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Target these common phonological processes:
- Final Consonant Deletion
- Stridency Deletion
- Pre-Vocalic Voicing
- Consonant Cluster Reduction
Each phonological process/unit has a large selection of reproducible pictures. The activities progress in difficulty from words, to phrases, to sentences, and storytelling. There are eight activities for each phonological process/unit:
- "Container" worksheet and minimal pair pictures—discriminate between minimal pairs by gluing pictures into contrasting compartments on the worksheet
- Maze—cut out pictures and glue them along the maze and practice target words at an appropriate level of difficulty
- Picture Scene—cut and glue pictures onto a scene and target phonological processes at the word, sentence, or connected speech level
- Hidden Pictures—cut the flaps on the scene, place a sheet of pictures behind the scene, and lift the flaps to reveal the hidden pictures
- Crazy Animal—cut and paste assorted parts and accessories (words loaded with the target sounds) onto illustrations of animals
- Fun with Phrases—cut and paste minimal pairs pictures above their matching phrases
- Sequence Stories—arrange pictures in sequential order and retell the story using the target words at the sentence and connected speech levels
- Create-a-Story—create stand up characters and items to go along with picture scenes
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- Hodson and Paden (1981) found that use of auditory bombardment, use of minimal pairs for semantic understanding of speech errors for the child, and gradual multisensory cue fading improve children's overall speech intelligibility.
- Impairment in phonology and speech production impedes the development of effective communication, language, and/or speech (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Speech-sound intervention should facilitate correct productions across word positions and linguistic units (Bernthal & Bankson, 2004).
Scissors, Glue, and Phonological Processes, Too! incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Bernthal, J.E., & Bankson, N.W. (2004). Articulation and phonological disorders. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Hodson, B.W., & Paden, E.P. (1981). Phonological processes which characterize unintelligible and intelligible speech in early childhood. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 46, 369-373.
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech and language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.