#novSLPmusthave Our students love texting so why not use that to our advantage in therapy!? I think you will find you your students excited by this product- even the older crowd. The more we can motivate our students, the more actively engaged in therapy they will be. That results in progress!
I created this product to have a high interest, relevant and real-world activity for my students. These short text message conversations allow my older students to practice their articulation skills in the context of reading and in a way that doesn’t feel “babyish.” These cards also spur great conversations which allows me to assess how well they are carrying over their articulation skills into conversational speech. You can even record the students (I use an iPad) and let them listen to and assess their own speech!
In mixed groups where students also have language needs, you can discuss the conversations, make connections based on time of day and parties involved. You can even use these to have students make predictions, draw conclusions, make inferences, analyze emotions, describe mood, use context clues to decipher words, interpret feelings, explain figurative language, tell main idea, answer questions, justify answers, cite proof from the text, and the like. A whole range of language skills can be applied within the articulation therapy session.
These are also useful for discussing the “dos and don’ts” of conversations (when communicating verbally OR through texting). Topics like repairing conversations, showing sympathy, showing support, expressing disappointment, and so on can easily be tackled using these cards.
This 24 page download includes:
19 pages of smart phone cards - each containing a text message conversation. There are 6 smart phones cards per page, 108 text messages conversations in all and 6 wild cards!
Among those 19 pages are 18 text message conversations per sound or group of sounds:
18 smart phone text conversations that target /r/, vocalic r, /r/ blends
18 smart phone text conversations that target /s/, /z/, /s/ blends
18 smart phone text conversations that target “sh,” “ch,” and “j”
18 smart phone text conversations that target voiced & voiceless “th”
18 smart phone text conversations that target /f/ and /v/
18 smart phone text conversations that target /l/ and /l/ blends
Younger developing sounds were not included since this product is geared toward older students.
Directions for Prep:
Print all smart phone pages and cut the smart phones out. Laminate for durability.
Follow directions on page 24 to make the optional pocket.
Directions for Use:
Chose the cards that are applicable for your students’ articulation needs and place them in a deck. Since there are so many, you may only want to use a only a portion of the deck.
You can simply have you students read the cards that target their specific sounds (and then discuss the conversation) while giving feedback about the students’ articulation. Students can pair up with a partner to read the cards as an actual two-person conversation, or if a students attends therapy individually, I partner with him/her or have the child read the whole conversation alone.
To play a game, place cards facedown on a table, in a container, or inside the “pocket” included on the last page of this download. I also like to put them in the box that my iPhone came in! Be sure to shuffle some or all of the wild cards on page 23 into the deck. Have students pick a card. After reading, they get to keep the card if their articulation (or effort) was acceptable to you. Of course, discussion about the card should be welcomed, too, if you’d like to assess their articulation in spontaneous conversational speech. If a student picks a wild card, he/she should follow directions on the card. At the end of the session, the person with the most cards wins!
If you love this activity, and want to see more of these, please let me know by providing feedback or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org