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Mommiska's Avatar Mommiska 12:58 PM 11-23-2007
I'm hoping you guys can help me out here. DS (who has just turned 4) has finally gotten into regular speech therapy.

Our therapist is, at the moment, having to do assessments with him during the speech therapy time, as we are trying to have him admitted to a specialised speech and language unit (he has a very severe 'phonological disorder', we've been told).

Anyway...we've been working on the easy consonant sounds (m, b, p and t, d) - our therapist has given me some easy vowel sounds (oo as in 'moo', 'o' as in bow and 'a' as in alligator') and wants me to do some work with DS on these - but I'm not sure what exactly to do!

He's happy playing games with sounds, but just going over sounds - well that's boring.

Therapist also talked about combining sounds ('m' plus 'oo' - with pictures for both sounds - equals 'moo').

But again - I'm at a loss as to how to make this fun.

Has anyone done this kind of thing? What kinds of games did you play with your children to reinforce speech therapy goals, etc.

Any help is very much appreciated! Thanks!

lightheart's Avatar lightheart 01:32 PM 11-23-2007
one thing we do with the sheets of pictures/words is to get out the fisher price little people animals and barn, I put an animal on each picture then ask him which animal he wants, he has to say the word for the animal then I will pick it up and before I hand it to him he has to say the word on the sheet that the animal was covering up. he says the word then he gets to place te animal

can use any game/figures/legos whatever your son liks to play with and the vocabulary sheets
Aridel's Avatar Aridel 04:40 PM 11-23-2007
I'm going to throw out a lot of suggestions, hopefully some of them help!

If he likes to color, print out pictures of things with the target sounds - a bow, a cow, things like that. Have him name the picture, and get to color part of it in for every speech sound he says. Sing silly songs - Old MacDonald is great for sounds, especially since you can change the animal sounds to make them a little easier (Moo, ahh instead of Bahh maybe?) or use toys with small parts which can be tied to speaking. You can poke Playdoh while saying "Oh! Oh!" or eating pretend apples - whatever fits the sounds you need. You can play really simple board games, with every turn being tied to practicing a sound. Read books with lots of the sounds you want in them. A book like Brown Bear Brown Bear might be good for 'b' sounds, especially if you could have him just say the sound or syllable you want. Blow bubbles - that has so many possibilities with "p" for popping, "b" for bubbles, "m" for more, "o" for open, and lots of repeated practice.

If your son is a kid who is really into gross motor activities, pick a sound to focus on in an activity. "D" could be used in Duck Duck Goose, he could ask for a push on the swings using his "p" sound, say a sound you choose to get a ball during catch.

So, a lot of those were random, hopefully some of them sounded useful.
Mommiska's Avatar Mommiska 08:25 PM 11-25-2007
Thanks very much for the ideas! I'll have to dig out our board games and see how we can incorporate them into using his sound sheets...I hadn't thought to do that.

Playdoh sounds great as well! I can imagine that ds would like punching playdoh and saying sounds...

We go back to our therapist on Wednesday, so I'll see what other ideas she has. We've been cutting out pictures of things that start with different sounds and pasting them into his 'sound book'. He loved that at first, but I think it's beginning to get old.

I wish I was more creative!
JohannasGarden's Avatar JohannasGarden 04:02 AM 11-26-2007
My DS is a bit older and more verbal, so these might not all work for you. Also, many of DS's words come on squares with pictures, so I'll as his ST for 2 copies and we make them into a concentration game.

Though this is a reading game for older kids, Phonics Pathways has a game called the "Train Game" You would put one picture on the left, another to the right, and then you "chug them together"

"mmm-mmmm-mmmmm" while moving the M picture towards the center, then

"ooo-ooo-ooo" while moving the "oo" picture towards the center. Then when you "couple" the two together, you say "moo"

For rote sound work, his ST often uses matnetic or colorforms picture scenes--after he says a few sounds, he gets some pieces to put on. DS once came up with a sticker game where he got to pick out a sticker for each group of sounds and then he made a picture with them afterwards. Foamie theme packs have the same use.

Any board game can be done with each player saying a word before their turn, or doing a sound for each space they move (based on their roll)

HTH

Sherri
Mommiska's Avatar Mommiska 07:28 PM 11-26-2007
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Originally Posted by JohannasGarden View Post
My DS is a bit older and more verbal, so these might not all work for you. Also, many of DS's words come on squares with pictures, so I'll as his ST for 2 copies and we make them into a concentration game.

Though this is a reading game for older kids, Phonics Pathways has a game called the "Train Game" You would put one picture on the left, another to the right, and then you "chug them together"

"mmm-mmmm-mmmmm" while moving the M picture towards the center, then

"ooo-ooo-ooo" while moving the "oo" picture towards the center. Then when you "couple" the two together, you say "moo"

For rote sound work, his ST often uses matnetic or colorforms picture scenes--after he says a few sounds, he gets some pieces to put on. DS once came up with a sticker game where he got to pick out a sticker for each group of sounds and then he made a picture with them afterwards. Foamie theme packs have the same use.

Any board game can be done with each player saying a word before their turn, or doing a sound for each space they move (based on their roll)

HTH

Sherri
Thanks, Sherri - some of those ideas sound really good!
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