Articulation Practice for Everyday

Speech practice should be fun and functional. Your child, teenager, spouse or loved one will not want to practice by doing boring drills.

Articulation Practice for Everyday

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Here are some fun articulation activities to try. Choose those which best fit your loved one’s age and interests.

For practice at the word level:

  • Play “I spy” while looking only for things that have the target sound.
  • Read the comics and see if he or she can find words with his or her target sound.
  • Play 20 Questions – Think of a word or object that has the target sound. Have your child ask questions to figure out the object.
  • Spelling Word Search – Search your child’s spelling list for words that have his or her sound in. Say them aloud.
  • Play Charades – Think of something that has the target sound, act it out, and have your child guess.
  • Play games like Scattergories or Spot it.

For practice at the sentence level:

  • Silly Sentences – Make up silly sentences using one of your child’s speech words.
  • Challenge Sentences – Make up sentences using only words that contain the speech sound.
  • Tongue Twisters – Do you know a tongue twister that has your child’s speech sound? If not, make some up!
  • Sing songs focusing on your targeted sound
  • Recite nursery rhymes
  • Recite famous speeches (“Four scores and seven years ago…”)

Carryover Practice:

  • For beginning readers, have child read his or her favorite story book. Try using poems, the Sunday Funnies, Comic Books, cereal boxes, signs, video or board game instructions, anything your child enjoys reading.
  • Use good speech when making a phone call
  • Use good speech all during supper
  • Use good speech in the car

Final 3 tips:

  • Do not expect good speech when your loved one is tired or upset.
  • Give praise and target specific feedback as he or she acquires new speech skills.
  • Practice daily. 5 minutes everyday goes a long way.

Kimberly Scanlon, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist, an author, and a mother. As the owner of Scanlon Speech Therapy, LLC, a unique boutique practice in Bergen County, Kimberly embraces individuality and treats the whole person. Her goal is to spread compassion, hope, and some speech, language and literacy tips one moment, one person at a time.  Her first book, My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to Promote Your Child’s Language Development and her second book, Learning to Read is a Ball are available for purchase at online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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