The Dynamic Duo has started a linky party, so I thought I’d join! Check out their post for details. All right everyone, I have an easy tip to help your articulation students begin generalizing their sound from the very beginning of treatment! I call it my Articulation Word Wall. Basically, an articulation word wall is a poster or bulletin board (depending on how much space you have in your room, I mean closet…) divided into areas for the most common articulation error phonemes: /r/, /s/, /k/, /l/, /th/, etc. Once a child can produce their sound in isolation and is ready to move on to using their sound in words, I ask them to identify a word they use often that begins with their sound. It could be their name, a family member’s or friend’s name, a pet name, or a favorite hobby. For example, if I had a student named Katie working on the /k/ sound, her name would be a fantastic choice! Whatever the word is, I make sure it’s a word they use daily. Once the child and I have agreed on a word, I tell the child that this is their new “100%” word. I explain that I know they can’t say their sound correctly all of the time yet, but I KNOW they can say one word correctly 100% of the time: their 100% word. I like to make a big deal over this new word, and take time placing the word on my word wall. I then tell the child I will ask them at the beginning of each session if they have been using their 100% word correctly. Pretty soon they are using that word correctly in most contexts, and we move on to picking another 100% word! Simple and effective! How do you like to encourage generalization?
Until next time,