The materials in this packet are a great addition to our Spanish Speech Therapy Flashcards & More!
For parents/professionals that just need materials for the sound P. Some of you just need one sound and this is an economical way to do that!
What’s Included In This Packet:
* An articulation "Parent's Cheat Sheet" in both Spanish and English
* Blank homework sheets that you can fill out for home practice
* 14 flash card games that can be individually printed and sent home in conjunction with flashcards of each targeted sounds. These games are both in English and Spanish (as a bonus)
* Parent Handout on how to say /p/ and common cues
* Functional games that DON’T REQUIRE Flashcards and are great for home practice
* Word Lists
* Colorful P flashcards for the initial and medial position
* Connected speech stimuli ideas
* Language-based worksheets to aid in generalization
Why I created these materials:
If you are not new, this is old information. For my new followers...this is how things came about!
One day, I was working with a child who had trouble saying /s/ and had been in therapy for years. The child and I had just started working together. One day, I sent home a homework sheet with a few notes on how to say /s/ and what cues had been working best. This parent called and said "Thank you!! We had been practicing /s/ for years but no one had told us to say ‘tongue behind teeth.’ It’s really working."
This was shocking! How could a child have been in therapy for years and the parents not know helpful cues?! How successful could home practice really be if the parents had no idea what they were doing?
So....I started creating "how to say____(sound)" and "common cues" handouts and they were quite popular.
Great. Done. I felt pretty good!
Well, not really. I needed to speed this process up!
Once I got parents more involved in meaningful home practice, progress was a bit quicker but not quick enough for my liking.
I started reflecting on why some children are in therapy FOR YEARS to work on just a few sounds? I started thinking....there has to be a better way! What could I do better?
I read a lot of research and trialed a few ideas and came up with my current plan. This plan ended up being quite effective for my private practice patients as well as my response to intervention students and IEP students.
So....I kept creating MORE materials!
Research Behind this Materials
For these materials, I am taking a motor based approached (not a phonologically based approach).
The idea is to:
* First: Establish a volitional production of targeted sound (usually at syllable or word level)
* Next: Generalize production from syllable to word to phrases and finally to connected speech at the conversational level
* Last: Maintain progress over time
The flashcards are used for the “establishing phase.”
The functional games for home practice take a Naturalistic Speech Intelligibility Intervention approach. This means the sounds are practiced in a natural activity (at any level word, phrases, or connected speech).
This strategy is very important for moving newly learned motor behavior to procedural memory (the generalization and maintenance phase).
This hybrid approach has worked well for me and I hope it works well for you!