Have Speech articulation practice has never been this much fun! These activity mats provide ample opportunities to produce target sound /s/ in all word positions. Students will love this alternative to flash cards and work sheets. SLPs will love having an engaging activity on hand that requires minimal prepping.
•4 printable activity mats
Each mat is the size of one printer sheet (8x11") each mat depicts a road and 10 illustrated stop signs target words. Each "road" targets the /s/ sound in different word positions:
*S in initial position features target words: see, seal, super, soup, sit, sail, swing, sock, sun, and sweet.
* S in medial position features target words: dinosaur, baseball, popsicle, basket, astronaut, eraser, monster, castle, and seesaw
* S in final position features target words: house, mouse, horse, goose, bus, moose, grass, dress, case, and circus.
* S blends (initial position) features target words: star, store, spoon, spider, slide, slow, smell, smile, sneeze, snail, scooter and school.
•Black and white lined version of each mat
that may be easily reproduced and sent home for carryover.
•Blank template (black and white)
for therapist or students to create their own Stop and Say activity.
How does it work?
The student is encouraged to play with a toy car on the activity mat. The therapist should model slow "ride" producing the sound in isolation (i.e. /s/ /s//s/) on the white lines and stopping at each stop sign to say each target word. Note: Toy cars are not included. If you do not have an accessible car, you may consider other small objects like a bingo chip or a paper clip.
Why does it work?
As students remain motivated and engaged, they are likely to put more effort into producing the target sound. In addition, the illustrations are child-friendly and the words are easy to comprehend. Students are likely to produce (or at least try to produce) words they can understand and relate to.
You may also like: Visual Cues for Speech and Articulation
or any of our Listening Lions MinimalPair Sets