We know that working on clusters can make significant gains in speech intelligibility, but often they can be hard to teach and even harder for a child to blend together. This bundle featuring /s/, /l/ and /ɹ/ clusters breaks down the complex cluster into smaller, manageable parts so that the child can achieve success. Using multisensory cueing as well as forward and backward chaining, you can try various types of cues to see which ones help your student! These cues can be helpful for children with a range of speech sound disorders, including phonological impairment and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
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➊–Cues to break down a complex word (featuring clusters) into smaller, manageable parts.
❷–To try different types of cues, and nothing has helped “click”.
❸–Additional cues while using the complexity approach, minimal pairs, or cycles approach, to teach the cluster.
❹–To support students with motor planning challenges (e.g., CAS) that require specific cueing, coarticulation, and support to sequence clusters.
There are three different sheets and cues for each /s/, /l/ and /ɹ/:
1. Backward chaining (e.g., key, key, key, ski)
2. Forward chaining (e.g., fffffflake)
3. Flashcards with visual cues
We know that children learn differently, and these Cluster Help Sheets give you multiple options for teaching /s/, /l/ and /ɹ/ clusters. Teach your child that they have to use their /b/ sound when they see the bouncing ball visual or a /f/ sound when they see a bunny teeth picture. You might like to tap or trace with your finger to reinforce the continual airflow and need to join the first sound to the rest of the word. This helps the child break down the word into smaller, manageable speech units to help the child to “hear” the individual sounds or syllables within the word.
✅ — Includes support for 19 clusters: /sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, bl, fl, gl, kl, pl, bɹ, dɹ, fɹ, gɹ, kɹ, pɹ, tɹ/
✅ — Additional voiced options for /sk, sp, st/
✅ — 43 x Forward Chaining Sheets for all clusters
✅ — 43 x Backward Chaining Sheets for all clusters
✅ — 254 flashcards for each cluster
✅ — Over 250 pages of color + b&w pages provided
⭐ Click on each link below to see the content of each product – they have recently been updated with NEW pictures and are in color and black & white!⭐
What SLP’s like you are saying:
❝ So helpful with the older phono kids who also struggle with phonological awareness❞
❝ Great visuals. Great content. Thorough word lists covered… GREAT overall❞
❝ Perfect for fading out the verbal models❞
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Reinking is an SLP who works privately with children who have speech sound disorders. She has a particular interest in phonological interventions and strives to connect and collaborate with speech scientists to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.