Preschool articulation therapy can be a challenege. Here are some things that I try to keep in mind for these little 3-5 year olds.
* Make treatment more naturalistic for these small kiddos. Research suggests that therapy for these little ones that looks and feels more like playing, carries over better into the child's every day life.
* Use stories and toys that provide many occasions for the child to hear and say the target sound. Load the environment with the sounds.
* Make sure the child looks at your mouth as you practice saying individual sounds. Practice saying the sounds alone and then try them in words as you play with toys or pictures that have that sound in them. Point to your mouth as you say the target sound.
Here are some of my favorite materials for working with these cuties!
The Amazing Action Alphabet. This is such a cute program! It has an animal picture, song, and suggested action/prompt for each sound. It also has a pretty cute activities book! It is GREAT! I love to use it to introduce each sound to the kids. Once the kids know the prompts it is easy to use them during play therapy as a reminder to use their good sounds.
Letter Sound Tubs. I love to use these for play therapy. It makes it so easy to load the environment with the target sounds in a naturalistic, play therapy way! I think they are from Lakeshore Publications.
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