Do you know a child who is learning how to say a new sound and is now able to produce that sound in sentences and during therapy, but is not yet using the sound consistently in conversational speech? This last step can be so hard for some kiddos to get to. They learn how to say the sound and can do it when they’re focusing on it (like during speech therapy) but they simply don’t remember to use it all of the rest of the time.
This articulation therapy carry-over program is designed for just that child! This program will provide you with worksheets for you to complete with your child (or students/clients) to help them understand why they should focus on using that good speech sound. Then, you will create a plan with your child for how long and how frequently you will focus on the speech sound during the first week. Each week, you will make a new plan to increase the amount of time that your child is thinking about that sound, all the while encouraging your child along the way. A visual aid is included that you can use during your practice sessions that will remind your child to say the sound without you needing to say a word. You will also find a contract included that you can fill out with your child when you start this program that will help your child commit to working on the sound and provide an enticing reward for him to work toward.
As you continue through the articulation therapy carry-over program, the amount of time that your child is using the good sound will increase until he is using the sound most of the time in conversational speech. Then, he can graduate and be done!