This visual is great for teaching the easy onset strategy in fluency therapy. My students really seem to like the "hill" graphic and they use their finger to follow along with my instructions.
Have them start at the very left side of the "hill." As they go up, have them take a deep breath in. Model this for them. Once at the top, instruct them to "let a little bit of the air out." Now, as they move down the "hill," tell them to "turn their voice on" and begin their phrase or sentence. For beginners, it helps to already have the phrase known to them. Start with carrier phrases ("I see.....").
Remember to have the student "stretch out" the first vowel of the phrase or sentence.
Combine this with light contacts as well!!
This is a great warmup to get your breathing ready for a fluency session. I use this before my fluency kiddos arrive so I get "in the mode!"
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**This is a pdf file, so just print and enjoy! I like to use color with mine, but it will work in black and white as well. You can have students color over the line in whichever color they choose.
***I also have a laminated copy of this on my wall. For older students, I can just point to it for cues as needed.
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