S Cluster Reduction to ‘S’ Minimal Pairs Toolkit



Have you ever tried minimal pairs therapy for ‘s’ blend cluster reduction to ‘s’ (e.g., ‘slip’ is ‘sip’) and found that your students don’t understand what you are asking them to do? What if you could read your student a story that explains their speech errorsin a child-friendly manner (introducing the idea of sound buddies), and then pair it with visuals and concepts that you can use to cue your student throughout the therapy process.

❶ — Understand the steps in minimal pairs therapy
❷ — Complete familiarization and auditory discrimination tasks in a print or digital format
❸ — Get a list of multisensory activity ideas to help teach the concept
❹ — Have a set of high-quality minimal cards
❺ — Use the print or digital story to introduce the phonological cues
❻– Evidence-based information about minimal pairs therapy

This resource is intended to be the STARTING PLACE for minimal pairs therapy.

FIRST Introduce the concept that there are sound buddies by reading the child-friendly story and completing some of the hands-on learning activities.
NEXT By using the print or digital version, complete familiarization and auditory discrimination activities so that you students understand and can hear the difference between the pairs.
THEN Use these sound buddies concepts as cues as you engage in drill-play games using the beautifully illustrated minimal pairs cards.

DID YOU KNOW that this resource is part of a six-series bundle? You get a discount when you purchase the complete Minimal Pairs Toolkit for Less Common Patterns.

Word targets in this packet:

  • SL-S (8 pairs – 16 cards)
  • SM-S (6 pairs – 12 cards)
  • SN-S (8 pairs – 16 cards)
  • SP-S (8 pairs – 16 cards)
  • ST-S (8 pairs – 16 cards)
  • SW-S (8 pairs – 16 cards)

✅ — Evidence-based practice rationales and minimal pairs flowchart
✅ — Multisensory activities to help support the phonological concept.
✅ — Minimal pairs word lists
✅ — Sound Buddies visuals (in various sizes to fit on task boxes etc.)
✅ — 108 minimal pairs cards in color + black and white
✅ — A print and digital copy called ‘My Sound Buddies Story’ that introduces the metalinguistic concepts of sound buddies.
✅ — A digital copy set of cards for familiarization and auditory discrimination

What SLP’s like you are saying:

These are exactly what I needed! It is so hard to find minimal pairs that also have teacher guidance and great images for the students! I bought several items just like this from this store!!

This has been SUCH a helpful resource!! My kids love talking about their “sound buddies” – it was a perfect way to make a somewhat abstract concept more concrete, especially for my Kindergarten students. I loved it so much, I want to buy the whole bundle now!

I love all the minimal pairs tool kits and was happy to find this additional option for s-blends. It has been great to have a resource that is specific to cluster reduction to /s/. It’s difficult to find minimal pairs for this error pattern.


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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.

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