Have you ever tried to elicit a sound in isolation for a child and they just didn’t get it? Or it is in that inconsistent phase for aaaaages where they can’t quite master the sound in syllables or words, so you’re stuck in isolation limbo? Yes, we have all been there. My first step is to search for every single elicitation technique that I can find and just run through them all with fingers crossed behind behind my back. I wrote a post earlier about all the different elicitation methods, because sometimes you never know which one will stick! My second step is to try to get them practicing at least every day. And this is where homework comes in. I love homework because it physically ‘exists’. If you provide your student’s with a sheet of homework, then you have a chance that it will be completed.
Here are my top tips for moving past the isolation level.
- Write down EXACTLY what you want the adult to say to the child “tell him to smile, keep his teeth together and blow air out”.
- Don’t forget the power of the visual – mirrors can be great, so communicate if your kiddos need to practice in front of one.
- If it works (and you have permission), video or audio record on parent’s/student’s phones your directions and articulation instructions.
- Take a photo of the child with their articulators in the correct position – this can be a really helpful reference for them.
- Sometimes fun vocabulary words or sounds work (such as ‘achoo’ for ‘choo choo’ for ‘ch’).
- Think vowels and think the syllable level. ‘Oo’ has similar lips and tongue position to ‘sh’, so maybe trying ‘oosh’ is the step that they need.
Now… onto homework! Articulation Sounds in Isolation is more than it seems. Yes, sure, it is technically aimed at the isolation level, but all you have to do is scrawl some syllables (like ‘oo’ on the /sh/ worksheet) or words on the page, make your student’s say a sentence and you can move up that hierarchy in a print & go format. The statistics are simple: ALL 21 speech sounds. 10 worksheets for each sound. 208 individual and different worksheets. Fitting 2 sheets to a page (I like to save paper ;). Because even though you mainly dabble with ‘s’, ‘k’, ‘r’ and ‘l’… you WILL have that child who can’t say ‘n’, ‘p’ or ‘t’ and then what are you going to do? I’ll tell you what you’re going to do. You’re going to grab those pencils, crayons, paint dabbers and markers. Find those glitter pens, stamps and watercolour pencils and you’re going to practice!
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