Multiple Oppositions for the ‘d’ sound

Have you ever had a child on your caseload who says the /d/ sound for lots of other sounds? For example, a sentence like, “I got four stamps,” might sound like, “I dod dour dam.”    

Or, have you ever looked through your assessment data and, while you’re categorizing patterns (as many of us do!), have realized to yourself, “I see a lot of /d/ sounds in their productions!

Phoneme collapse

These types of presentations usually make me dig a little deeper, and I start to investigate whether:  

* A phoneme collapse (or “favoured sound”) is present. This is where one sound (e.g., /d/) is substituted for many other sounds. 

* Whether the multiple oppositions approach could be a suitable intervention that I need to consider for my child 

If this all sounds overwhelming and you’ve been hesitant to try the Multiple Oppositions approach, I totally get it!

Trying a new approach can have us feeling uncertain about our skills, and it is natural to want to rely on the familiar.   

But what if I told you you could make system-wide changes for children on your caseload with a phoneme collapse or sound preference for /d/ without working on each individual contrast in a minimal pairs approach?   

Multiple Oppositions d

I’ve got your back with our new Multiple Oppositions for /d/ Substitutions  product.

Not only is it a product for therapy cards – did somebody say 40 contrast sounds (singletons and clusters) and 8 different treatment sets for each sound!? – but it quickly covers the evidence base and reference links, target selection, creating treatment sets, and links to free materials for implementation and data collection.  

This set includes nonwords that, when made meaningful for a child, can be included in contrastive therapy approaches and may even support a child’s learning and success because they haven’t been saying the novel word “in the old way.” 

What makes this resource unlike any other multiple oppositions resource that you have seen, is that you only print the pages that you need for your individual child. No need to think of rhyming contrasts for multiple sounds off the top of your head, we have done all the work for you!   

D Multiple Oppositions

Make a difference in the lives of children with phonological speech disorders and improve your therapy outcomes. 

Embrace the multiple oppositions approach with our resource, designed with your success in mind! 

As always, we have evidence-based support pages to help you better understand how to use these materials. 

You’ll also love the flexibility of the color and black-and-white pictures that are fun and interesting to the children you work with.  



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