What is articulation: Articulation is the formation of clear and district speech sounds.
READ TO YOUR CHILD. It is amazing how much this accomplishes. Use reading as a way to surround your child with their target sound (i.e., "If you Give a Pig a Pancake" for the sounds /k/ and /g/). When using books with a targeted sound, emphasize your child's sounds in words found in the book.
PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD. Spend time talking with your child in play while you model the correct productions using revision. Some recommended games include: Memory, Go Fish, Candyland, and Hi-Ho Cherrio.
TALK TO YOUR CHILD. Talk to your child as you go through your daily routine. This is a chance to model many correct productions, use revision, and stimulate language development.
USE REVISION EVERY DAY TO ADDRESS THE ARTICULATION NEEDS AS A WHOLE. Parents don't realize how powerful this can be, particularly if the revision is used consistently and simply. Revision is the technique where you repeat what the child has said, but use the correct pronunciation. You may want to give your child's sound a little extra emphasis. For example, your child says, "Look at the bug" and you repeat slowly, "Look at that bug! Go, bug, go," emphasizing the ending "g" on bug
FUN ACTIVITIES FOR PRACTICE:
Articulation cards can be made by cutting out pictures with your child's speech sounds in them from books/magazines/google images/drawings and glueing them to an index card of piece of paper.
- HIDE AND SEEK - Parent hides articulation cards around one room of the house and as the child finds them, he/she names them using their best sound.
- MYSTERY PICK - Parent chooses a winning card, places the card back in the deck, shuffles and fans out the cards. Child takes turns selecting cards and saying the word on the card until they pick the "winner".
- BEAN BAG TOSS - Scatter the articulation cards on the floor. Select a winning card. Have the child stand a few feet away and try to toss a bean bag into a card. The child must say the word on the card that that bag lands on until they find the "winning" card.
- FISHING FOR WORDS OR NUMBERS - This can be done two ways. Either use a fishing pole (a dowel rod works great) with a magnet attached via string to pick the articulation cards with paper clips attached, or use the pole to pick up fish with numbers on them. The number indicates how many words they have to say.
- GUESS WHAT! - Cover an articulation card with a blank index card. Use the blank card to slowly unveil the picture on the articulation card. The child must guess (and correctly produce the word) before the picture is totally unveiled.
- PICK 2 - The child has to pick two cards from the deck at random and use both words in one sentence that makes sense and with correct articulation. Make this game more challenging by using three words.
- ARTICU-BOWL - Attach cards to bowling pins (empty soda bottles work great) and have the child bowl over the pins. As s/he picks up the pins, s/he must correctly say each word attached to the pins.
- MEMORY LINE-UP - Place 3, 4, or 5 cards in a row, have the child say the words, then close his/her eyes while you switch the order. S/he must put them back in order and say them again.
- WHAT'S MISSING? - Place 3-7 (depending on the level of difficulty) cards on a table. Give the child a minute or two to name all of the pictures and commit them to memory. Have the child close his/her eyes while you take one away. When the child opens their eyes, they have to guess which card is missing and name it using good articulation.
- TWISTER ARTIC - Toss several articulation cards into the air. Leave them where they land but be sure all cards are face up. Instruct the child to put as many body parts (elbows, hands, fingers, nose, etc.) on as many cards as s/he can. S/he must name each card that s/he touches.
- BALLOON BOUNCE - Bounce a balloon and try to keep it in the air. Each time the child hits the balloon, they must say a word with their sound correctly.
- BOARD GAMES - Any board game can be used. Have the child roll the die/dice. The number s/he rolls is both the number of spaces s/he moves and the number of words s/he has to say before moving.
- SOUND COLLAGE - Using magazines, have the child cut out several pictures that have his/her sound. If appropriate, talk about whether the sound is at the beginning, middle or end of the word. As the child says the word, s/he glues the picture to a large piece of construction paper to make a collage.
- TREASURE HUNT - Go on a treasure hunt around your house to look for things that have your child's target sound. Practice saying each word as you find things.
- CAR FUN - While in the car, look for things that have you child's target sound. Have a contest to see who can find the most. If you find something, have your child use the word in a sentence and vice versa.
- I SPY - One person chooses a visible object with the child's target sound (i.e. a "clock" if the target sound is /k/). That person gives the clue, "I spy with my little eye something that's ___" (gives a word to describe the clock). The other person asks questions to try and figure out what the object is.
ONLINE FUN FOR ARTICULATION
Mommy Speech Therapy: https://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?page_id=55 (free downloads for word lists based on specific sounds)
Custom Bingo Cards: http://www.dltk-cards.com/bingo/ (choose words/pictures with your child's target sound)
Do 2 Learn (songs for speech sounds): https://do2learn.com/games/Sing-A-Long/Frameset.htm
Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry4Kids: https://www.poetry4kids.com (read the silly poems using best speech sounds)
Lonn Swanson’s online artic games: http://www.quia.com/pages/speechersclass.html
Mrs. Ramsay's online games (all pictures for non-readers): https://www.quia.com/pages/allpicturesfun.html
Quia - mixed articulation and language games: https://www.quia.com/shared/speech_therapy/
Tongue Twisters: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/tongue-twisters (practice the ones that contain your child's speech sound)
Tracey Boyd’s online artic games: http://www.quia.com/pages/havemorefun.html
Very Silly Tongue Twisters: http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~ralph/tt.html
Wacky Web Tales: http://www.eduplace.com/tales/ (have your child use words with their target sound to complete the stories)
Word Dice game: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html (scroll past the first few games to get to "Word Dice"; use words with your child's sound and have them say the words that are rolled)