Minimal Pairs Handbook | Comprehensive Intervention Guide for SLPs


For anyone who is new to the minimal pairs approach, needs a refresher, needs to problem solve or just wants to make sure they are using it correctly, the Minimal Pairs Handbook is for you.

This handbook will help you to know how to plan, implement, and track progress with the minimal pairs approach. The video tutorials, planning forms, flowcharts and activity ideas help make this a practical tool that will guide you through using the minimal pairs approach confidently and correctly. Don’t waste time feeling unsure! Find the answers you need in this easy to understand, comprehensive handbook.

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Have you wanted to try the minimal pairs approach, but you have no idea where to start? Was the approach only briefly covered at University and now you’re confused or constantly thinking, “Am I even doing this therapy right …?”​.

Stop second-guessing yourself and wasting time in therapy. Learn how to implement minimal pairs with the evidence and answers to back up your decisions.

The Minimal Pairs Handbook, authored by experienced speech-language pathologist Rebecca Reinking, serves as a comprehensive guide that you can read today and confidently implement tomorrow . Basically, it’s the reference material we wish we would have had when we graduated! We use SLP-friendly explanations to break down the approach in a simple, easy-to-understand way so that you can comfortably implement the minimal pairs approach with your students.

➊–Evidence-based information and steps written in a digestible way
❷–Flowcharts, pictures, transcripts and charts to help you make sense of the approach
❸–Video tutorials so that you can listen, learn and actually see a therapy session
❹–Support in terms of frequently asked questions, options for therapy activities and problem solving generalization

The Minimal Pairs Handbook (digital version) contains the following chapters:

1. Understanding minimal pairs: Helping you to understand the principles of minimal pairs therapy and determine who is suitable for this approach.
2. Planning minimal pairs therapy: Comprehensive research review to help you learn how to start individualizing and planning minimal pairs therapy for your students
3. Implementing minimal pairs therapy: Step-by-step flowcharts and guides for every level of the meaningful minimal pairs and perception-production approach so you feel confident delivering the intervention in your session.
4. Activities for minimal pairs therapy: Expand your therapy repertoire with simple, engaging therapy ideas using minimal pairs.
5. Taking data and generalization: Track whether your students are making progress and problem-solve when they aren’t with editable data forms and evidence-based decision guides.
6. Minimal pair word lists: Quick-reference word lists to use for minimal pairs therapy
7. Video Tutorials: Watch a 25-minute minimal pairs therapy session, listen to step-by-step explanations of both approaches, and learn how to choose training words.

This comprehensive resource has been structured to help guide you through using the minimal pairs confidently, correctly, and with fidelity.​

✅ –  121 pages: This digital file contains a zip with a color and black & white version. If you want a “physical” copy, many SLPs print and bind the handbook.
✅ –  Evidence-based summaries: Easy to understand pages covering topics and questions such as “What is minimal pairs therapy?”, “What targets can you choose?”, “SLP feedback chart”, and “What to target first?” (newest update February 2024).
✅ –  Navigation buttons: Easily navigate through the chapters and resources on your computer or electronic device​
✅ –  Video tutorials: Watch and listen to the steps in minimal pairs therapy (18 minutes), see an example therapy session (25 minutes), and learn how to choose the minimal pair words​ (10 minutes).
✅ –  Photos of speech therapy activities:  Over 60 color photographs containing therapy activities using minimal pair cards – this makes therapy planning straightforward!

Does the handbook include minimal pair cards? No. This handbook tells you HOW to understand, plan, and implement the minimal pairs approach. If you want a set of minimal pair cards, the Minimal Pairs Bundle Toolkit will complement this handbook.​

Can I purchase this to use with my clinic, with school funds, or for my speech pathology students? The Minimal Pairs Handbook is licensed for SINGLE USE only. This means that a clinic, school, or teaching institution cannot purchase one copy to share and distribute amongst colleagues and students. Please email me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss multiple licenses.​

What SLPs like you are saying:
❝ This is by far the best material I have purchased all year. It answered questions I didn’t even know I had about minimal pairs.❞

❝ This is a minimal pairs bible! A really comprehensive guide to when to use minimal pairs, which minimal pairs approach to use, and loads of therapy activity ideas to keep children motivated!❞

❝ I have been reading this since I got it, and I can safely say it is the most helpful tool I’ve ever purchased!!!!❞

❝ This handbook is so amazing! The information is given step by step so you absolutely have nothing to do but start! This handbook is a must for those that aren’t sure how to implement minimal pairs or just remember “bits and pieces” from school. Wow wow wow!❞

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This is a digital file and is licensed for one person to use. Printing and assembly of the product may be required. For more information about single-person use, please refer to our Terms of Use.

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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.

9 reviews for Minimal Pairs Handbook | Comprehensive Intervention Guide for SLPs



  2. S Parker (verified owner)

    I did not notice that the minimal pair cards were not included until after I purchased the handbook. The information was great but I was disappointed that there were no cards for this price.

    • Rebecca Reinking

      Hi there, I’m sorry that you felt disappointed about this, because I receive a lot of feedback that the price is justified for the comprehensiveness and amount of research that went into this. For some background information, it was a 6-month project reading over 40 journal articles and trying to breakdown and implement the information so that SLPs can literally pick up and apply the approach the next day. I try to be as clear as I can in my product description and the naming of my resources, so I am really open to feedback on what I should say differently. I can look at adjusting “handbook” or “intervention guide” if you think the title is misleading? Thanks for your feedback, I really do take in everything and have a lot of thought on the topics.

  3. Chris

    So excited that this is available here as well as on TPT! ASP is a wealth of resources!

  4. Abby

    Thanks to your minimal pairs handbook, I got feedback from a parent today that made my day! She said that in my first session with her 5-year-old, I jokingly said “we can’t open a door with tea” and he thought that was hilarious! It totally clicked with him since then and he’s made so much progress in only two sessions so far. His mum also mentioned that they’ve been using pragmatic cues like “is that what you meant?” at home, and that he doesn’t see it as confrontational and is happy to correct his speech. Thank you so much for this amazing, comprehensive resource that I go back to regularly!

    • Rebecca Reinking

      I love hearing this feedback! Thank you for sharing, and good on you for implementing this evidence-based approach!

  5. Lindsey Hockel (verified owner)

    I am OBSESSED with this handbook! In theory I understand minimal pairs but in practice one million little questions pop up for me. (Which targets should I select? What do I do if the child isn’t stimulable for a target?) Rebecca has done ALL the work for me here and I am just so darn grateful to have a go-to manual for this valuable, surprisingly complex, therapy approach from an active clinician who uses this stuff on a regular basis. I remember watching along as she worked on this and it’s amazing to me the time and collaboration (with the researchers themselves!) that has gone into this. BEYOND grateful! Thank you thank you thank you, Rebecca!

  6. Krystal Chen (verified owner)

    The toolkit makes this approach accessible for me, a SLPA! I’ve been enjoying seeing the minimal pairs concept click in my kiddos and feel so much more equipped and confident using the approach the way I know it is meant to be used.

  7. Becky (verified owner)

    I love, love, love this Handbook! Rebecca did such an incredible job collating all the research, tips, and ideas together for this approach. It’s a must-have resource for therapists working on speech!!

  8. Alison R. (verified owner)

    I have been using minimal pairs loosely, for years. This book helped me to level up my use of this amazing strategy with my students. Thank you for making the research accessible and applicable. Highly recommend.

  9. Annie J. (verified owner)

    What a lifesaver!!! Not sure how a 4th year uni student can make it this far and not have done any minimal pairs therapy. You help my hand and lead the way when I needed it 🙂

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