'S' Cluster Reduction Minimal Pairs Toolkit

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PreK - 2nd
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110 (60 pg. resources + 50 pg. digital book)
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Have you ever tried minimal pairs therapy for ‘s’ cluster reduction (e.g., where 'snail' is 'nail') and found that your students don't understand what you are asking them to do? What if you could read your student a story that explains their speech errors in a child-friendly manner (introducing the idea of sound buddies), and then pair it with visuals and concepts that you can use to cue your student throughout the therapy process.

DOWNLOAD this toolkit if you want to:

❶ -- Understand the steps in minimal pairs therapy

❷ -- Complete familiarization and auditory discrimination tasks in a print or digital format

❸ -- Get a list of multisensory activity ideas to help teach the concept

❹ -- Have a set of high-quality minimal cards

❺ -- Use the print or digital story to introduce the phonological cues

❻ -- Evidence-based information about minimal pairs therapy

This resource is intended to be the STARTING PLACE for minimal pairs therapy.

FIRST Introduce the concept that there are Sound Buddies by reading the child-friendly story and completing some of the hands-on learning activities.

NEXT By using the print or digital version, complete familiarization and auditory discrimination activities so that your students understand and can hear the difference between the pairs.

THEN Use these Sound Buddies concepts as cues as you engage in drill-play games using the beautifully illustrated minimal pairs cards.

DID YOU KNOW that this resource is part of a six-series bundle? You get a discount when you purchase the complete Minimal Pairs Toolkit

Word targets in this packet:

  • SL-L cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)
  • SK-K cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)
  • SM-M cards (4 pairs - 8 cards)
  • SN-N cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)
  • SP-P cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)
  • ST-T cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)
  • SW-W cards (8 pairs - 16 cards)



✅ -- Evidence-based practice rationales and minimal pairs flowchart

✅ -- Multisensory activities to help support the phonological concept.

✅ -- Minimal pairs word lists

✅ -- Sound Buddies visuals (in various sizes to fit on task boxes etc.) 

✅ -- 104 minimal pairs cards in color + black and white

✅ -- A print and digital copy called  ‘My Sound Buddy Story’ which introduces the metalinguistic concepts of sound buddies. 

✅ -- A digital copy set of cards for familiarization and auditory discrimination


What SLP’s like you are saying:

❝ This was absolutely perfect for my needs with a few new /s/ blends students! We LOVED the sound buddies story, and great for teletherapy, too. I was able to send the black and white packet home to parents for carryover.❞

❝ LIFE SAVER!!! I have really struggled motivating one of my kiddos to work on his phonological processes, but this worked like a charm! He was really engaged the entire time. I'm so excited to use this again!❞

❝ The children I worked with loved the cluster reduction story and found it very engaging! I love the images and the word choices in the minimal pairs. Overall love the resource and highly recommend!

This resource has made learning how to integrate minimal pairs and teach clusters a breeze. The instructions are very clear, explicit, and research-based. The visuals and introductory story are perfect for my preschool kids.❞  


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Final Consonant Deletion


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❤️ Rebecca Reinking is an SLP who works privately with children who have speech sound disorders. She has a particular interest in phonological interventions and strives to connect and collaborate with speech scientists to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

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