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Speech Sound Skills

Speech Sound Skills


These activities will help develop your child’s speech sound skills.

Modelling (PDF, 51Kb)

Input modelling (PDF, 154Kb)

Minimal pairs listening activity (PDF, 197Kb)

Silly sensible games (PDF, 126Kb)

Sound sorting (PDF, 167Kb)

Using your target sound with a vowel (PDF, 130Kb)

Using your target sound in words (PDF, 236Kb)

Using your target sound in sentences (PDF, 176Kb)

Speech sound hierarchy (PDF, 124Kb)

Vowel pictures (PDF, 259Kb)

  • Practice little and often, and have fun!
  • Learning to say a new sound can take weeks so it is important to keep trying.
  • Model words for your child throughout the day (see Modelling).
  • Find out what your child’s target sound is from your Speech and Language Therapist.

When helping a child to say a new sound it is important to work through the activities in an appropriate order:

  • First try listening activities that will help your child hear the difference between the target sound and their errors, for example minimal pair activities.
  • Then try activities such as “silly sensible” and “silent sorting” which help your child think about whether a word has been produced correctly or incorrectly.
  • Once your child can hear the differences between sounds practise producing the target sound on its own.
  • Then practise producing the target sound with a vowel.
  • Then try putting the target sound in a word.
  • And finally encourage your child to use the target word in a short sentence.

Your Speech and Language Therapist will be able to provide more advice and information.

More resources can be provided by Wolverhampton Speech and Language Therapy Service on request. This includes pictures to use with the above activities as well as more specific advice about how to produce different sounds. Contact us on 01902 444363.

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