Spring Themed Speech and Language Packet

SO SO excited to share my latest mega themed packet with you. I know it definitely doesn’t look like spring around here (in Wisconsin) but I always love prepping my packets ahead of time, and spring will be here before we know it! Click the image below to skip right to my TpT store!

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Before I describe my spring packet, I should put a plug in for my bundle. This bundle includes every mega themed packet I have. Currently it contains one for Back to School, Fall, Winter, and Spring. As I continue to add packets, I will update this bundle for free. That means you pay the price now, and get future updates for nothing! Click the image below to check out the bundle:

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Below is a short description of what my spring packet contains:

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-Spring Themed Bingo
5 Bingo Boards, 16 Description Cards, 16 Picture Cards
Use the Bingo Picture Cards and match them to the Description Cards to target spring themed vocabulary words!

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-Spring Themed Barrier Games
3 Picture Scenes, 1 page of item pictures, 1 page of instructions
Students should sit around a table with a barrier between them. Books, file folders, or binders work well as barriers. Every player should have the same background and items. The players take turns giving the other players specific directions on how to arrange the materials in front of them. The goal of the game is to have all the players’ materials look the same at the end of the activity.

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-Spring Board Games
1 in black and white; 1 in color. You can use the black and white one as a do-a-dot if preferred.

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-Spring Do-a-Dot Sheets (3)
Great reinforcers for any goal!

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-Spring Conversation Cards
16 flower pot cards with fun questions to discuss spring!

-Spring Black and White Homework/Worksheets

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Roll-a-Word (2): Write four articulation words in the boxes at the top. Have your students roll a die and cross them off as they say each word.

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Make it Rain/Make a Bouquet: Cut and glue activities that are perfect for articulation practice & homework. Write a word on each item beforehand.

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100 Worksheet: A fun lily pad worksheet to challenge your students to get 100 trials.
Favorite Spring Things: Two worksheets (one with only drawing) for your students to write/draw their favorite spring things.

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My Spring Weekend/Break: A fun worksheet for your students to sequence, draw, and write about their spring weekend/break.

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Color the Spring Scene: 2 receptive language worksheets with directions.

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Bubble Chart Describing: Fill in each bubble with a descriptor of various spring items.

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-Spring Themed Books Booklist
Contains 5 books with a spring theme. Print and send home as ideas for home, or use in your speech room!

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-Build A Sentence
Arrange the cards on the included mat to form spring themed sentences. Great for practicing WH questions as well.

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-Spring Themed Non-Fiction Fact Cards
Incorporate fun spring facts with these comprehension cards. At the bottom of each card are comprehension questions to assess your students’ understanding of the passage! Includes a blank page of cards for your customization.

Activities with Visuals:

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Spring Vocabulary
Use this to preteach related vocabulary words and send home to parents for great carryover/vocabulary ideas.

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2) All About Spring Story with Visuals

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3) Spring Question Cards with Visual Answer Choices
After reading the story with visuals, have your students answer the question cards using the visual answer choices.

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4) Spring File Folder Sort
Laminate and cut the picture cards from page 69. Velcro onto the spaces on the appropriate pages. Faded symbols are shown where each symbol should be attached for your convenience. Affix pages to a file folder if desired. Great for practicing complete sentences and asking/answering questions. One page asks, “What happens in the spring?” with a sentence answer strip that says, “______ happens in the spring.” The other page asks, “What does not happen in the spring?” with a sentence answer strip that says, “_______ does not ______ in the spring.” All of the activities in this section have visuals like in the first preview picture!

Phew! Hopefully there are activities for nearly EVERY child on your caseload! If you have any questions, email me at speechymusings@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in this packet, you can purchase it in my TpT Store here.

This document was created using Smarty SymbolsTM 2010-2013. Smarty Symbols is a registered trademark of Smarty Ears, 2013. All rights reserved to Smarty Ears. Used with permission.

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Articulation Disorders Resource Page

I started these references pages a while back because I wished that I could find something similar online! Something I could look back on when I got stuck, or wanted more ideas, or wanted an easy one stop shop for a particular topic! So far I’ve done dementia and dysphagia.

This time I’m taking a more child focused topic: articulation disorders.

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Below are links to my favorite resources for articulation!

Materials:

Teachers Pay Teachers: There are tons of articulation materials on Teachers Pay Teachers, some paid and some free. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already! This is my favorite website for materials because everything is super budget friendly! Click here to see my store.

Speaking of Speech: Bunches of articulation materials created by SLPs, organized by sound, and free.

Linguisystems: They have many materials for articulation and phonology including worksheets, cards, books, and more!

Super Duper: Again, a company that makes tons and tons of speech products including ones for articulation. Check out their articulation products at the link!

Say It Right: A company that has amazing materials for /r/ as well as other articulation sounds.

Super Duper: Again! This time I want to highlight Super Duper’s Handy Handouts. Click here to see all of the handouts. You can sort them to only see ones for Articulation and Phonology. Lots of great information for you & parents! Some examples of handouts on articulation are: Types of Articulation Errors – A Simple Guide, Speech Practice at Home, and Stimulability for Speech Sounds.

Testy Yet Trying: Offers free articulation cards for download.

Therapy Ideas:

Articulation Games Using Bottle Caps: Activity Tailor

Articulation Therapy Using Cariboo: Speechy Musings

A Semester’s Worth of Articulation Ideas: Speechy Musings

Using Twister for Articulation Therapy: Speech Language Pirates

Articulation Jenga: Schoolhouse Talk

Card Bowling: Consonantly Speaking

Quick and Easy Artic Craft: Crazy Speech World

Speech Club Product on TpT: Super Power Speech

Pinterest Boards:

Articulation Board by Speechy Musings

Articulation Board by The Thrifty SLP

Specifically Articulation Board by PediaStaff

Websites:

Mommy Speech Therapy: The first website I recommend to others just starting out with articulation or who want simple, free materials! This website has free cards for each sound in words, sentences, and stories along with printable screeners and tons more! START HERE.

Articulation Placement Videos: From the University of Iowa. Great phonetics website where you can see videos of each sound in the initial, medial, and final contexts.

Research:

Systematic Reviews on Speech Disorders – Articles from ASHA

Speech Disorder Guidelines for Preschoolers – ASHA

Speech Disorder Guidelines for School Age Children – ASHA

Apps:

Love It & List It Linky Party for Articulation Apps: Tons of blog posts about great articulation apps all in one place from Speech Room News.

Articulation Station Pro: This is my personal favorite articulation app!

Erik Raj Apps: Erik Raj is a fantastically creative SLP that has also made several articulation apps that are a ton of fun and sure to spruce up your articulation sessions.

CEU Ideas:

SpeechPathology.com: Links to their articulation/phonology/speech disorder CEU courses. All courses are available for $99 a year.

Super Duper: Offers free CEU courses. As of the date of this post (01/16/14) there was a course titled “An RTI Program for Articulation to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Caseload Size”.

Northern Speech Services: Offers many CEU seminars including ones on articulation.

Anything I should add? Please let me know at speechymusings@gmail.com so I can add it! Thanks for reading!

Love It & List It Linky: Articulation Apps

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Jenna from Speech Room News (as if you didn’t already know) is amazing and has hosted another wonderful linky, bringing together bloggers and readers to share our favorite articulation apps!

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My “Articulation” folder on my iPad is definitely the most developed, so I’m very excited to share my favorites!

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1) Articulation Station Pro: From what I can tell, this app has the most SLP recommendations in this linky of all the articulation apps so that should be enough proof that it really, really rocks!

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2) Speech FlipBook: This app is great! Because it doesn’t rely on pictures, you get larger variety of words. It is also organized INCREDIBLY well and so customizable. Check out my review of Speech FlipBook here to see more!

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3) Articulate It!: A great app by Smarty Ears. For tons of info and screenshots, check out my previous review of this app here.

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4) The Entire World of R: This app is very different from other artic apps which is why it made my top 5! It is in a flipbook format instead of picture after picture drill. Great for mixing it up!

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5) Articulation Scenes: This was my first iPad purchase, and I’m still a huge fan! Includes several different games and even printable worksheets!

So there you have it! I would absolutely recommend ANY of these apps if you’re looking to buy one! Thanks for reading!

Articulation Words by Theme Product

I’m so so so excited to share this product with you!

Articulation Words by Theme

 Purchase this packet on Teachers Pay Teachers here!

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more of a variety of articulation targets?
Do you wish that your articulation kiddos could participate more in your themed units or when reading book companion packets?
Do you wish you had more relatable targets for push-in services?
Do you wish you had more materials you could use for both articulation and language kiddos? Or mixed groups?
THEN READ ON!

This packet contains a reference list (sorted by speech sound) AND individual cards for each speech sound for the following themes:
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Space
Circus
Farm
Transportation
Food (2)
Animals (2)
Pirates (2)
Sports (2)
Ocean

**A (2) indicates there were so many words, that I had to put the list on 2 pages!

Additionally, I’ve included a parent letter on a half sheet for easy carryover/homework! The letter includes a blank box to attach the relevant card from the packet. For example, if you have a fall theme in your speech room, pull the fall cards, cut out the desired speech sound card (e.g. /k/) and attach to the box for fun, seasonal words for carryover!

The following speech sounds are included:
/p, b, m/, /ch/, /d/, /dz/, /f/, /g/, /k/, /l/, /l/ blends, /n/, prevocalic /r/, vocalic /r/, other /r/, /r/ blends, /s/, /s/ blends, /sh/, /t/, /th/, /v/ and /z/.
Other /r/ typically contains words that have multiple types of /r/.

Download the preview to get the Ocean section (reference page AND cards) as an example.

The entire packet (other than cover and intro pages) are in BLACK AND WHITE for easy printing! Print on colored cardstock for extra fun :)

Check out some example pictures below. These are the same pages you can download and check out FOR FREE in the preview:

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Purchase this packet here in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or here in my Teachers Notebook store.

Articulate It! – A Smarty Ears App Review

In my opinion, Smarty Ears has one of the best reputations for creating seamless, great looking, and functional apps for speech-language pathologists. Articulate It! is no exception. I was so impressed with this app!

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If you are unfamiliar with Smarty Ears apps, you should know that they hook up with a free app called the Therapy Report Center.

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In the Therapy Report Center, you can add your caseload, their goals, their age, and more.

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From there, you can import/export seamlessly between the Therapy Report Center and Smarty Ears Apps.

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For example, after a session using Articulate It!, you can upload the data to the Therapy Report Center. Then, if you use a different Smarty Ears App next time, you can compare progress between apps.

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You can also print off progress reports from the Therapy Report Center as well. It’s an amazing idea from Smarty Ears and helps me stay organized so much!

Okay now for describing Articulate It! As I stated before, it’s a wonderful app. It’s not only great looking, but it’s intuitive, functional, and takes great data. From there, you can select students, and choose to play either flashcards or matching. Note: If you don’t want to select a student, you can choose Quick Play from the home screen.

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After you select either flashcards or matching, you can designate the sounds/patterns you want to work on with each student you’ve selected. See some of the MANY amazing choices below:

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 As you can see, there are so many options. I can’t imagine an articulation client that this application wouldn’t have thought of! You can also customize each word list AND add custom words!

Below is an example of what you might see if you wanted to do matching:

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One different thing about this app is that is shows you a card (ex: shoelace in the pictures above) and the student has to search for the one match. Each student keeps guessing until they find shoelace. Then the next student’s board pops up containing their sounds.

Below is an example of what you might see if you choose flashcards:

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There are many ways you can change around the settings as well:

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And you can leave notes as needed.

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You can change the picture from word level, phrase level, and sentence level AND take data separately on each!

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And that brings us full circle to the data section of the app. See some example of this section below:

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I absolutely love how the data is presented! It’s color coded, so easy to read, and broken up into well-organized categories. From this section, you can export the data to the Therapy Report Center as I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Overall: I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this app! It works as described, looks great, and provides so much useful data & information. If you are looking for an articulation app, please seriously consider Articulate It!

Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my review. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.

Articulation Menus

Wanna spice up your articulation therapy? Look no further!

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Contents:
-2 menus targeting initial /s/
-2 menus targeting initial /f/
-2 menus targeting initial /l/
-2 menus targeting initial /k/
-2 menus targeting initial /g/
-3 menus targeting initial /r/
-1 menu targeting ‘sh’
-1 menu targeting ‘th’
-2 menus targeting /sp/
-1 menu targeting /st/
-2 worksheets
-1 parent handout
-1 student self-monitoring sheet
-1 die game
-2 reinforcer games

Each page looks like a menu, but the name of the restaurant, the location, and the menu items all contain bombardment of the indicated speech sound. There are 17 menus included!! Already curious? Check it out in my TpT store here or in my Teachers Notebook store here.

Working on initial /s/? Head on over to the Sunny Side Cafe and get a salad!

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Additionally, three worksheets and a die game are included. Use these or have fun role playing a restaurant scenario with your students!

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Now, this packet also includes a parent handout for at home activities and self-monitoring sheets for your students. See examples of those pages below:

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This activity would be great for mixed groups as you can target expressive language, comprehension questions, scripts (ordering, taking a person’s order), social skills (what is appropriate at a restaurant), and MORE! Get creative!

Wanna see more? Download the preview on TpT for example pages! You can see exactly what you’ll be purchasing! Not convinced? Check out the feedback in my TpT store here. Below are some pictures of other menus:

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Find it in my TpT Store here or in my Teachers Notebook store here. Thanks so much for reading!

Articulation Deck of Cards for K & G

Here is another versatile, deck of cards with articulation words for K and G. They include pictures so you can use them with readers AND nonreaders!

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You can see sample cards below:

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If this looks like something you could use in your speech room, you can find it here in my TpT Store.

If you are interested in cards for L, click here.

If you are interested in cards for S & Z, click here.

Thank you!

Articulation Deck of Cards for L

Hopefully you all saw my last post about the deck of cards for S & Z. If not, check it out here!

I’ve done the same thing, for L in all positions.

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You can see sample cards below:

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I love using these for War, although games like Memory, Go Fish, or anything you can play with a deck of cards would be fun as well!

Find this packet in my TpT Store here. Thank you! If you are interested in staying up to date on freebies, giveaways, and new posts, ‘like’ me on Facebook here.

My Favorite FREE TpT Downloads

**Warning: This is a LONG post!

Most of you know that I’m a poor graduate student. So I rely on some of the amazing, FREE downloads available on TpT to supplement my material collection. While there are many available, finding the exact one you are looking for can be challenging!

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Below is a list of some great freebies (by theme!):

Articulation:

/s/ Soccer Speech and Language Activities

/r/ Caramel Apples

/s/ Caramel Apples

/l/ Caramel Apples

Vocalic /r/ Cards

/p, b, m, n/ Early Sounds Bingo

/k/ Cookie Game

/r, s, l/ Eskimo Articulation

/r, l, w/ Articulation Bugs

/k, g, s/ Articulation Bugs

/f/ and s-blends Articulation Bugs

/p, b, k, g/ Valentine’s Day Articulation for Preschool

/r, s, l, k/ Hungry Hippos Artic

/g/ Button Articulation

/k/ Button Articulation

/v/ Roll a Dice Game

/s/ Pencil Match Articulation

/l/ Ladybug Picnic Articulation

Phonological Awareness:

Drop Plop Phonological Awareness Game:

Valentine’s Day Beginning and Ending Sound Activity

Spring Clap the Syllables

When Life Gives You Lemons Rhyming

Double Dip Rhymes

Reinforcers:

Bucket Filler Starter Kit

Lego Themed Reinforcer

Star Wars Themed Reinforcer

Football Reinforcer

Triple Scoops Ice Cream Reinforcer

Winter Themed Game Boards

Pinky and Stinky Game Board

BOOM! Reinforcing Card Game

Turkey Themed Roll and Color

Monster Eye Themed Reinforcer

Pass the Pencil Open Ended Game

Swish! An Opened Ended Basketball Game

Receptive Language

Flip It! A Following Directions Game

Quarterback Questions Comprehension

Fishy Following Directions

A Day at the Beach – Following Directions

Pass the Prize – Following Directions Game

Move Over, Rover! A Following Directions Activity

Parts of Speech

Mitten Matching: Antonyms, Synonyms, and Contractions

Swimming with Synonyms

Bugged Out Antonyms

Bug Out! Multiple Meaning Words

Irregular Past Tense Snowman Match Up

Ocean Waves Sentence Sort for Helping Verbs

Ice Cream Sentences

Pick A Dot Pronouns

Heart Train Multiple Meaning Words

Sweet Homophones

Rain Kids Verb Synonyms

Snail Verb Conjugating

Sweet Sucker Synonyms

Seasonal

-Back to School

Flip It! A Back to School Following Directions Game

Back to School Pragmatic Board Game

Student Info Cards for SLPs

Back to School Vocab Worksheets

Pass the Pencil Open Ended Game

My First Week in Speech

-Fall

Falling Leaves Prepositions

-Winter

Snowy Speech and Language Activities

New Year’s Eve Resolution Race

Twas the Night Before Christmas Fill-ins

-Martin Luther King Jr Day

Listening For Details: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Literacy Centers for Martin Luther King Jr

-Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Open Ended Board Game

-St. Patricks Day

St. Patricks Day Jackpot

St. Patricks Day Descriptive Game

St. Patricks Day Singular vs Plural

Shamrock Word Families

-Spring

Spring Showers Following Directions

Spring Compare and Contrast

Springtime Categories

Flower Functions

April Showers Irregular Plurals

Earth Day Sorting

Rainy Day R Articulation

Rain Kids Verb Synonyms

Snail Verb Conjugating

Flower Petal Conjunctions

Spring Time Absurdities

Spring Time Idioms

Summer

Summer SLP Homework Calendar

Multiple Meanings Baseball Coloring Pages

Summer Language Ideas

Beach Board Game Reinforcer

Gone Camping Reinforcer Game Board

Categories

iPod Categories

Cut and Glue Categories

Going Bananas for Categories

Ice Cream Categories

Give a Dog a Bone Categories

Organize Your Life With a Fork, Spoon, & Knife

Other

Who? Question Cards

Conversation Starter Cards

Conversation Starter Hearts

Alphabet Categories Naming Task

Drop the Chicken Figurative Language

Facts vs Opinions Sort

Fluency Pinwheel

Scoop Up A Story

For SLPs (Organization, reference, etc…)

Book Lists By Speech Sound Handouts

Student Info Cards for SLPs

Organization Kit

Norm Referenced Assessment Quick Look Sheet

CEU Binder

Binder Cover Sheets

Student Folder Sheets

The SLP Starter Kit

Everything is free at the store below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Pamelaslp

Speechie Freebies is a blog dedicated to finding free materials for SLPs:

http://speechiefreebies.blogspot.com/

All of my freebies can be seen below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Speechy-Musings/Category/Freebies

Hope this was helpful for you and you found some new stores to follow! There are so many amazing people out there willing to share their creativity and talent for free! If you like their freebies, check out their stores! Stock up on some wonderful, creative resources and support these incredible TpT sellers!

Any others I’m missing?

Let me know if any are no longer free so I can remove them :)  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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**This post was updated on 09/08/2013

Say It! Trains for Apraxia

I am so excited for this packet! It took a LONG time but in the end, I love how it turned out and I cannot wait to use it.

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This 44-page packet is intended for use with students with apraxia. But, it can also be used for those with severe articulation deficits or those with phonological awareness goals. You can find it in my TpT Store here or in my Teachers Notebook Store here.

The consonant sounds /b, m, p, t, d, h, n, w, s, k, g, y, z/ are included. There are cards for 13 vowels as well! All of these are provided in both upper and lower case to suit your needs!

For each of the sounds above (including vowels) there is a card included. These cards can be used to help your students isolate each sound in a word and cue themselves. For example, on the ‘B’ card there is a picture of a ball. On the bottom of the card it says, “Buh, buh, buh like the sound of a ball bouncing” to help you think of great ways for your students to remember the sound! (see the example page below)

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Two games/activities are included. The first has the student build a word using sounds. See a page of words in the picture below. Words were chosen to reflect a wide variety of vowels sound with all of the consonants listed above! There are 207 word cards included!

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You can also build the word yourself and have the student focus on the articulation of each sound.

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The second game targets nonsense CV syllables.

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Reinforcement cards and mats are included as well.

Visual cue cards are included. These help students that benefit from placement cues. One is left blank so you can customize it with your own cues if desired!

Below are the product preview images:

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If that looks like a product that might help you in your speech room, check it out in my TpT Store here or in my Teachers Notebook Store here.

Thank you!