Do you find it hard to explain to parents and teachers WHAT you’ll be doing in speech therapy and WHY? Would clear and easy-to-understand handouts that explain phonological therapy approaches such as minimal pairs, cycles, and multiple oppositions help? Each page of these handouts introduces the idea that there are various phonological interventions that we can choose so we try to match the right approach to our students.
DOWNLOAD these handouts if you want to:
Confidently explain your speech therapy intervention
Simple, parent-friendly explanations about what you will be doing in speech therapy
Inform and educate parents, caregivers, and teachers
Provide information at IEP meetings and during therapy sessions
Evidence-based information about phonological interventions
✅ — A summary of the approach is provided to help you explain WHY you will be choosing the targets that you are.
✅ — This is followed by an outline of what therapy might look like so that parents and teachers are aware that it IS a process that can take time.
✅ — A sample target list with picture cards has been added to make it easier to understand. I strongly recommend reading & discussing these sheets with parents and teachers to answer any of their questions and make sure that they understand the therapy process.
Phonological Interventions in this set: Minimal pairs, cycles approach, multiple oppositions, maximal oppositions, treatment of the empty set, complexity approach, core vocabulary approach, stimulability intervention, articulation approach (traditional), articulation approach (principles of motor learning),
PLUS three additional sheets covering: articulation vs. phonology, How long does therapy take? and What is carryover?
Who would use these? These would be useful to provide to parents at the start of therapy when you are introducing your goals. You can send it as part of homework to help explain what you would like parents to do. They would also be useful during an IEP or school meeting as you report on your progress.
I have listed the references (journal articles and texts) that I used to create this resource in the packet and you might find it useful to further your knowledge in particular interventions.
✅ — Thirteen, single-paged handouts
✅ — Covers the main phonological interventions in the research
✅ — Handouts provide a simple overview of what the phonological approach aims to do, as well as what therapy might look like
✅ — Includes a sample word list and visual to explain the therapy
✅ — This whole resource is in blackline – so easy to print & go
“I love the evidence-based nature of this resource.”
“There is so much information included in this resource! I love that the approaches are explained in ways that teachers and parents can understand.”
“I find even with simplifying my explanation of the approaches to parents, they still need written information to help cement it all.”
“It’s obvious SO MUCH RESEARCH went into this! These handouts are such a nice way to show families *exactly* what we’re doing in therapy.”
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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.