Minimal pairs therapy is one of the oldest and well-known phonological interventions. This comprehensive packet contains visual and metaphonological cues in the form of a child-friendly story to make “teaching the rule” easier to understand for children.
✅– This COMPLETE bundle contains ‘toolkits’ for TWELVE the most commonly seen phonological patterns. You will get 12 toolkits for the price of 10 in this money-saving bundle that combines the original Minimal Pairs Toolkit and the Minimal Pairs Toolkit for Less Common Patterns.
The resource also contains minimal pair cards (an essential for implementing this approach!) that pair with the visuals and concepts to cue your student throughout the therapy process.
DOWNLOAD this toolkit if you want to:
➊ — Understand the steps in minimal pairs therapy
➋ — Complete familiarization and auditory discrimination tasks in a print or digital format
➌ — Get a list of multisensory activity ideas to help teach the concepts
➍ — Have a set of high-quality minimal pair cards
➎ — Use the print or digital stories to introduce the phonological cues
➏ — Evidence-based information about minimal pairs therapy
⭐This resource is intended to be the STARTING PLACE for minimal pairs therapy.⭐
FIRST Introduce the concept (e.g., that there are “front and back sounds” or “sound buddies”) by reading the child-friendly stories 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 your students understand and can hear the difference between the pairs.
THEN Use these concepts as cues as you engage in drill-play games using the beautifully illustrated minimal pairs cards.
Phonological patterns included in this bundle:
- Fronting (uses “Front & Back Sounds” as cues)
- Final Consonant Deletion (uses “Tail Sounds” as cues)
- Stopping (uses “Long & Short Sounds” as cues)
- Gliding (uses “Running & Gliding Sounds” as cues)
- S’ Cluster Reduction (uses “Sound Buddies” as cues)
- Voicing (uses “Quiet & Noisy Sounds” as cues)
- Initial Consonant Deletion (uses “Starting & Hiding Sounds” as cues)
- Deaffrication (uses “Windy & Exploding Sounds” as cues)
- ‘S’ Cluster Reduction to ‘S’ (uses “Sound Buddies” as cues)
- S-Th Substitution (uses “Snake out of the cage sounds” as cues)
- Th-F Fricative Substitution (uses “Biting & Tickling” as cues)
- ‘L’ Cluster Reduction (uses “Sound Buddies” as cues)
✅ — Evidence-based practice rationales and minimal pairs flowchart
✅ — Multisensory activities to help support the phonological concept.
✅ — Minimal pairs word lists
✅ — Visual cue cards (in various sizes to fit on task boxes etc.)
✅ — Minimal pairs cards in color + black and white
✅ — A print and a digital copy of each story (e.g., “My Deaffrication Story” and “My Stopping Story”) which introduces the metalinguistic concepts of the phonological rule you will be teaching.
✅ — The digital version includes familiarization and auditory discrimination tasks
What SLP’s like you are saying:
❝ I love the stories – it is such a great way to explain and introduce the concepts. Amazing to have the visuals for the minimal pairs!!❞
❝ I can’t write a positive enough review for this resource! I use it with sooo many preschoolers on my caseload. The pictures are so appealing, and really help engage the students. The stories also are really helpful for introducing a new minimal pair for the first time. I love that this resource can be used both digitally and in person!❞
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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