Carrier phrases are sentences in which the first part of the sentence stays the same and the last word changes. Carrier phrases can act as a bridge between using single words and longer phrases/sentences for children with apraxia, phonological disorders, language delays, and fluency disorders. The activities in this packet are specifically designed for children with apraxia or other speech sound disorders, but can also be used with children who have language delays or fluency disorders.
This packet is designed to help your students practice producing 3-5 syllable words in sentences. It includes sentence frames for 29 different carrier phrases that are broken into 2 levels.
Level 1: The sentences range in length from 2-5 words and include both statements and questions. There is a picture symbol associated with each word to help non-readers produce the sentences more independently. The carrier phrases are also color-coded in groups of sentences that contain some of the same words. This level contains basic carrier phrases such as “I want ______” and “I have _______.” The sentences will only contain 1 word with 3-5 syllables. There are 15 carrier phrases in this level.
Level 2: The sentences range in length from 6-7 words. This level includes more complex sentences like “I see a butterfly on ______” and “I put _______ on a rocket ship.” The sentences will contain 2 different words with 3-5 syllables. There is a picture symbol associated with each word to help non-readers produce the sentences more independently. There are 14 carrier phrases in this level.
There are 90 different words with 3-5 syllables that you can use to complete the carrier phrases. The first set of multi-syllabic words are for the level 1 carrier phrases and the second set are for the level 2 carrier phrases. The only difference is that the level 2 set contains the article “a/an” on the picture with the multi-syllabic word.
*Note: Not every multi-syllabic word will fit grammatically in all carrier phrases, but most will.
I have also included blank carrier phrases so that you can create your own sentences and add you own target words.
Activity Created by Lauren Laur, CCC-SLP