So what do I expect to see if my child attended Speech Therapy to correct this problem?
Therapy will involve teaching your child about each of these specific speech sounds and how they are produced using the articulators such as the lips, jaw, tongue, soft palate, voice and breath. The Phonic All Star Program is a great resource to help you to undertake this. The program clearly teaches how each speech sound is made and gives your child heaps of visual pictures and video to learn. The Phonic All Star characters have been designed to associate with the speech sound and give young children a hint to remember the sound. The program also uses a hand signal to cue your child so that you have a mutual language to prompt which sound you want her/him to say.
A lesson teaching the stopping process would involve a series of speech sound contrast exercises whereby it is recommended that these are done in a developmental order based on your child’s examination results from their phonological assessment. I would start with…
/f/- “Fabian Flowerspray contrasted with /p/-“Portia Candle
/s/- “Sidney Snake” contrasted with /t/- “Toby Tap”
/z/- ” Zippy Bumble Bee” contrasted with /d/ – “Dudley Drum
/sh/- Shelly Shy contrasted with /t/- Toby Tap and /zh/- Zha Zha Shocking contrasted with /d/- Dudley Drum
/th/- Thana Thong contrasted with /d/- Dudley Drum
Image as demonstrated from the Phonic All Star – Teach Me Speech Sounds Home Workbook. The Workbook features how all the Consonant Speech Sounds are formed in the mouth so that you as parents can also learn how to teach your child from home. Available with a call to the clinic 55282222
Traditional, researched and outcome measured SPEECH CORRECTION THERAPY involves a series of steps
|1||Shaping of the speech sound that can not be said accurately|
|2||Contrasting the minimal pairs eg. /s/ and /t/ at sound level|
|3||Contrasting the minimal pairs at word level for a) initial word b) final word c) middle word position|
|4||Practice of these words at the phrase and then sentence level speech|
|5||Practice of these words at conversational level speech|
A great resource to help you achieve this is Articulation Station which you can purchase on a sound by sound basis and save on the expense of purchasing sounds you may not need.
For a Speech pathologist review and guide to this app click here.
However, this method of speech therapy is good at correcting the sound error patterns for the words that have been learned and stored in your child’s “word filing cabinet” in the mind, but the underlying coding challenges may still be evident as a weakness in your child’s mind and may later show up in their reading and spelling skills as the same speech errors in their writing of letters when spelling words. The Phonic All Star Speech Correction Program teaches how to go deeper into your child’s engineering speech sound keyboard and to make corrections that are strong and stable enabling transition into literacy function to be accurate and completed.