Have you ever tried minimal pairs therapy for S-Th substitution and felt that your students would benefit from having this pattern explained to them in terms that they understood? What if you could read your student a story that explains their speech errors in a child-friendly manner (introducing the idea of snake out of the cage sounds), and then pair it with visuals and concepts that you can use to cue your student throughout the therapy process.
DOWNLOAD this toolkit if you want to:
Understand the steps in minimal pairs therapy
Complete familiarization and auditory discrimination tasks in a print or digital format
Get a list of multisensory activity ideas to help teach the concept
Have a set of high-quality minimal cards
Use the print or digital story to introduce the phonological cues
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 snake in and out of the cage sounds 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 snake in and out of the cage concepts as cues as you engage in drill-play games using the beautifully illustrated minimal pairs cards.
Word targets in this packet:
S-TH voiceless initial position (8 pairs – 16 cards)
S-TH voiceless final position (4 pairs – 8 cards)
Z-TH voiced final position (4 pairs – 8 cards)
Please note that this resource is not intended for children with lateral lisps or distortions of /s/, only those who have a clear S-Th substitution pattern.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKET?
✅ — Evidence-based practice rationales and minimal pairs flowchart
✅ — Multisensory activities to help support the phonological concept
✅ — Minimal pairs word lists
✅ — Snake in and out of the cage visuals (in various sizes to fit on task boxes etc.)
✅ — 32 minimal pairs cards in color + black and white
✅ — A print and digital copy called ‘My Snake Out of the Cage Story’ that introduces the metalinguistic concepts of windy and exploding sounds
✅ — A digital copy set of cards for familiarization and auditory discrimination
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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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