I think that it’s really important to talk to kids about the sounds we are targeting in speech therapy. I like to talk about how to make each sound including which articulators are involved and the features that make that sound distinct. For example, I always call /b/ a “lip popping” sound. This name reminds kids which articulators they are supposed to use (lips) and how they are supposed to move their lips (popping). I’ve created some articulation folders to teach kids about the features of each speech sound and to act as a reinforcer in therapy too. So far, I have created folders for /b, p, m, f/. This summer, I am going to create folders for more sounds.
If you have already purchased any articulation folders from my teachers pay teachers store, I recently sent out an update with new graphics. When I originally made these folders, I was using a different source for all my graphics. I updated them because I wanted the original folders to match the new folders so that they all look like a set.
The /b/ articulation folder is a free download from my TPT store. I am going to use the /b/ folder as an example to show you how to assemble the folders and use them in therapy.
The top section of the folder introduces 3 different characteristics of /b/ using pictures that kids can easily understand. It also gives a very descriptive name for the sound that can be used in therapy to remind children how to produce /b/. Open a file folder and then glue this page with the /b/ descriptors on the top half:
/b/ is called the “lip popping noisy sound.” The pictures can be used to stimulate conversation about how it looks, feels, and sounds to produce /b/ correctly.
The 3 features for /b/ are the following:
Lip– the picture shows lips pressing together as they are when producing /b/. Kids can compare the picture on the folder to their own lips in a mirror.
Popping– A picture of popcorn was chosen to represent popping because of the noise popcorn makes when it pops. The sound popcorn makes is short, which is an important aspect of the popping nature of /b/. Kids can discuss the short sound and the way their lips feel like they are popping apart.
Noisy– a picture of a drum is used to represent the voicing aspect of /b/. A drum was used because children will easily associate it with noise and because the tops of drums vibrate as the vocal folds do. Kids can feel a drum vibrate and feel their own larynx to help them understand this.
Next, glue this page with 10 flowers on the bottom half of the open folder. Laminate the folder and then place a Velcro dot on each flower.
Then, cut out all 10 small bees and laminate them. Then, put a Velcro dot on the back of each bee.
The bottom half of this folder can be used during practice drills. Kids can produce the target sound in any word position, phrase, or sentence. Then they can attach a bee to a flower each time they produce the target. There are 10 pictures in the game to make data collection easier.
These folders are great for therapists that travel to different buildings because you can have a visual aid for teaching children about the sound and an activity for reinforcement all in one convenient file folder. Folders for 2 different sounds can be used together or in a group of children with different target sounds to compare and contrast the features of each.
You can download these articulation folders at my TPT store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Expressly-Speaking
Remember, folders for more speech sounds are coming soon!
Graphics from http://www.mycutegraphics.com , photos taken by Lauren Laur