One area I find myself addressing frequently in my practice is Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN). RAN is the ability to quickly name a series of familiar items. For more information on RAN and the connection with reading, check out this article by Elizabeth S. Norton and Maryanne Wolf: http://ase.tufts.edu/crlr/documents/2012arop-rapidautomatizednaming.pdf
I created these word family sorts as a way for clients to practice their RAN skills at the word level. These activities can be used in individual therapy, group therapy, push-in or sent home for carry over.
Print enough copies so that each client has a word family mat and words
Cut out the words
If you want to use again and again, print in color and laminate
I’ve included a black-line version where the clients can write in their answers to take home and practice
Put all words into a container (envelope, cup, bag, bucket, etc.)
On their turn, client draws a card with a word on it. The client must read the word and identify the word family. Once they identify the word family, they place the word on that word family on their mat.
Play continues until all words have been gone through.
I like to add vocabulary work during this activity. You can do this in a variety of ways.
Client creates a sentence using the word
Client states an antonym or synonym to the word
Client states part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.)
Client states category the word belongs in and/or names 5 more words that belong in the same category
Client states 3-5 rhyming words for the word
If you have any questions or comments send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you enjoy working on RAN with your clients!
~The Reading Speechie~