First of all, if you’re in a rush and need some quick /l/ words right now, scroll down to my free /l/ words lists!
But if you have just a little more time, make sure to check out all of my favorite, easy, time-savers that help me work on articulation targets systematically, efficiently, and effectively!
The most typical sound error we encounter with the /l/ sound is a /w/ substitution, known as gliding. Lots of kids do this naturally as they learn speech and language, but some will just hold onto it longer than we expect. A /w/ for an /l/ substitution alone can be remedied with simple speech therapy techniques, but if there are other pattern-based speech errors present, you might want to consider using the cycles approach for speech therapy to rotate through errors and maximizing your speech therapy time.
Have you tried using high frequency words for articulation practice yet? When you pick high frequency words, now your students are hearing and practicing their sound all day long! Plus, a lot of these high frequency words are the ones that keep enforcing that incorrect production because they are spoken so frequently and automatically. By targeting these words, you’re really helping your kids notice and self-monitor their own speech.
That’s why I created my No Prep Articulation Activities Using High Frequency Words for L and L Blends product. You’ll find all the easy, no-prep worksheets and words you need to target words with /l/ and /l/ blends at the word, phrase, sentence, and conversation level.
There are a ton of different ways you can quickly turn any targeted practice into an engaging articulation game!
I love using my L Articulation Playing Cards – Outline + Color Printable Deck for Speech Therapy for some targeted practice that works with any game you can play with regular cards! The best part about playing cards is how versatile they are, from easy games like Go Fish to more complicated games like Hearts.
I also have a few products that I like to use with all speech sounds.
I like to use my Mini Articulation Cards for Speech Therapy for easy targets of all speech sounds that I can use in just about any activity, even crafts!
Some groups work really well doing articulation centers. I set up my room so I get to spend a little one-on-one focus time with each of my students and they get lots of lots of repetitions! My Speech Therapy Centers for Articulation give you everything you need to set up fun stations in your therapy room.
Finally, when I’m ready for some sentence level or conversational articulation practice, I like to use my Articulation News and Articulation Menus, which both feature target-rich stimulus materials based on specific speech sounds. Students love to pretend to be newscasters or ordering at a restaurant and will need to make their target sound lots of times while having fun!
Studies show that children who struggle with articulation and phonology are at a higher risk of having reading difficulties. That’s why I like to work on phonological awareness skills with my articulation students. My Daily Phonological Awareness Questions and Reference Lists for Speech Therapy include lots of general phonological awareness activities, and include sheets that target both literacy skills AND speech targets for maximum efficiency!