Minimal Pairs Activities for Speech

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Minimal pairs can be used for articulation therapy and to support phonemic awareness skills. This set includes three different activities for each common substitution error.

Say and Sort: Make flip books in therapy and send home for say and color practice. Kids cut and sort 10 pictures and paste them under the appropriate phoneme.
Say and Dab: Say and feel the position of the initial sound. Dab the letter that represents the sound.
What Did You Hear? Show students how their speech is perceived. Let them read the picture list to you, write down what you hear and compare. Can also be used in reverse to see if they can identify the sound difference.

Most targets have ten minimal pairs and two variations of each activity.

Pages print black and white.

Includes the following minimal pairs:
• t/k
• d/g*
• d/f*
• b/v**
• f/th**
• l/w
• r/w
• s/t
• s/sh
• s/th
• ch/sh
• t/s/st
• p/s/sp
• l/s/sl
• k/s/sk
* These combinations have 5 minimal pairs.
** These combinations have 5 minimal pairs and an additional sound sorting set.
Blends have 5 minimal pairs with the consonant deleted and 5 minimal pairs with the /s/ deleted.

Children with articulation disorders are at greater risk for reading and spelling difficulties. Strong phonemic awareness skills are a critical tool to overcome this challenge.

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