Do you find it hard to keep track of, AND count the number of speech production trials while doing minimal pairs intervention? The goal of these Gliding Tally Sheets is to help you increase your practice trials in session, as well as provide something more structured for homework.
⭐ APPLICATION TO EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE⭐
This packet considers the following research:
- A minimum dose of more than 50 practice trials in at least 30 sessions would be needed for the multiple oppositions and/or minimal pairs therapy approach to be effective (Williams, 2012).
- Children with more severe phonological impairments require greater intensity (such as 70 trials per session and 40 sessions) to facilitate change (Williams, 2012).
- Three to five minimal pairs can facilitate generalization in children (although some children may require more targets). Furthermore, this study elicited approximately 80–100 responses during each session (Elbert, Powell & Swartzlander, 1991).
TARGETS: This packet includes four sets of minimal pairs per page (meaning eight words), with the total goal to achieve 100 productions. If each pair is practiced 25 times across the session, your student has practiced the pair 100 times! There are TWO SETS of materials for each targeted sound.
ACTIVITIES: There are four different activities for you to mix and match. All copies are in black & white and include tally sheets, tally counts, tally boxes, and tally strips. While students enjoy keeping tally scores themselves, an SLP or parent can track of the number of trials practiced. These can be used with dry-erase markers, mini erasers, trinkets and other general reinforcers.
✅ — L-W pairs I 9-15
✅ — R-W pairs I 16-22
✅ — L-Y pairs I 23-29
✅ — BLANKS I 30-33
What SLP’s like you are saying:
❝ These materials are awesome for gathering a large number of trials– I have bought this resource for a few other phonological processes and it is so helpful! ❞
❝ I LOVE these min pair bundles. I really enjoy how the kids can be independent in tracking their productions. I use these all the time! ❞
❝ SO useful for keeping track of data in session and showing visually how well a child is doing. Several kids have love using them. Thanks for all your creative AND evidenced based activities. Very comprehensive too.❞
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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.
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