How to Use a Sticker Chart to Reinforce Articulation Practice

Use a Sticker Chart to Reinforce Articulation Practice


After a child has achieved success using his or her target sound at the sentence level it’s time to progress to the conversational level. Since carryover to conversation can be challenging for some children, I’ve devised a highly effective way to increase generalization.

During various periods of the day, listen carefully to your child’s speech. If “th” is the target sound, listen for it during conversation. If you have difficulties identifying the sound during conversation then incorporate a word with “th” in it. For example, you could say “I wonder what movies are playing at the theatre.” I really like that ________”. “Do you like that too?,  “I was thinking about _______”. Try to overemphasize and stress the words that contain the target. Usually your child will then respond to your question using the same vocabulary.

For younger children, I HIGHLY recommend that you metaphorically refer to your child’s target sound. For instance, if the target sound is “th” call it the “thumb” or “thirsty” sound, if the target is “s” call it the “smile” or “silly” sound.

Praise your child when he or she says the sound accurately (“Wow, I really like how you said your silly sound in the word some.”). Give target specific feedback by indicating why it sounded better (“When you said “some”  I didn’t see your tongue! That’s why it sounded so good.”). When accurate productions occur and YOU notice, tell your child that they have earned a sticker. When your child declares that he or she said the sound correctly and you’re in agreement then he or she earns TWO stickers. I believe in giving two stickers during these instances because it rewards awareness. Increasing your child’s awareness is essential in facilitating carryover because if they are not cognizant then how can they make change?

Display your child’s sticker chart in a highly visible area. Usually the fridge is the best spot although some of my clients have had success displaying it on the bathroom mirror and even on a car’s dashboard – provided you do not become distracted while driving!

Lastly, I suggest that you and your child agree on a highly motivating prize for earning a set amount of stickers/stamps (usually 100) at the initiation of this approach. I find experience related prizes are particularly motivating, such as an afternoon playing in the park, a trip to the movie theatre with some buttered popcorn (yumJ) , mini golf, a visit to the zoo, etc.  

I hope you find this strategy helpful. As always have fun! Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in speech therapy services

Thank you!

©2011 by Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC.  All rights reserved.

Here’s an example of a simple yet effective sticker reinforcement chart:

Joe’s Sticker Chart

Joe will earn ONE sticker or stamp each time he uses his “thumb” sound correctly and speaks slowly.

Joe will earn TWO stickers or stamps each time he proclaims that he has used his “thumb” sound correctly and spoke slowly. Parents will confirm that his proclamation was indeed accurate.

Earn 100 stickers for using good speech and win a prize!

           “Thumb” Sound 




©2011 by Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC.  All rights reserved.

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