I know that it is easy to Google a speech sound-related question such as “what is the cycles approach?” and “tips for teaching the “k” sound”. I know, because I used to Google these things all the time!
But with so many new and updated texts about speech sound disorders (SSDs), I have that it is much more effective for me to pull information from trusted, reliable, and up-to-date sources.
The following is a list of texts that I not only highly recommend, but personally own myself. Please make sure that you read about each one, as they all have different information to offer in the area of SSDs (please note some of these contain affiliate links).
It is an in-depth text on HOW to implement different therapy approaches for SSDs. I feel so much more confident being able to look through this recently published book (2021) and find specific information that I need to use the approach correctly. Each chapter covers a different intervention or approach, from minimal pairs, cycles, multiple oppositions, core vocabulary, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile cueing, and articulation interventions. It includes videos that you stream from the Publisher's website so that you can see the intervention being implemented. The chapters are designed so that they all cover key information, including target populations, theoretical basis, key components of the approach, monitoring progress, and case studies.If you are not confident about the different types of interventions for SSDs, this book is a fantastic evidence-based resource.
This nearly 500-page volume, provides a "big picture" overview in supporting children with articulation and motor speech disorders. It is organized into sections that discuss traditional approaches and methods for working with this population, a range of methods to facilitate movement of the articulators, and specific elicitation cues and techniques for vowels and consonants. The illustrations throughout the book were incredibly useful and really helped me to understand the examples and theory. If you want a combination of research and clinical-based evidence for treating articulation and motor speech disorders, this book is very in-depth.
This is similar in theory to the Eliciting Sounds text, however it only covers the eight sounds, but in more depth: s, z, l, j, ch, r, and th voiced & voiceless. Each sound-by-sound chapter is quite in-depth, providing not only a range of elicitation cues (e.g., key environments, metaphors, touch cues, shaping techniques) but information on acquisition and screening tests. Very comprehensive word lists! It includes a DVD with videos and a chapter to support your understanding of intervention from a motor learning perspective. An easy-to-refer-to guide for SLPs who work with school-aged children presenting with errors involving s, z, l, j, ch, r, and th voiced & voiceless.
Do you have a favourite book to recommend for treating speech sound disorders? I’m always looking to expand my reading, so please comment below and share what has been helpful for you.