Speech Sound Development Chart *Freebie*

Now that the North American school year is winding down, I am left to reflect on just how useful I was in the past 2 years! I have been working with a lot of kids with moderate to severe articulation and phonological delays and got into the habit of regularly assessing them to determine whether the therapy approach that I chose was working and how much it impacted their speech sound acquisition. After attending an Excel workshop I decided to put my new skills to use and make a Speech Sound Development Chart so that I could track growth.

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Free Download on my TPT store

The Speech Sound Development Chart lists all consonant sounds in initial, medial and final position, as well as a space to check stimulability. I have included a number of ‘s’, ‘l’ and ‘r’ blends as well as some triple clusters. It is quite simple to use –  just assess the student’s sounds and color in the boxes of sounds produced correctly. If you want to find a place of all my FREE resources, follow my Pinterest page for the latest updates.

My Tips

I am a very visual person, so some of the things that I like to do are:

  •  Write in the error sound to look for phonological processes
  • Review my formal/informal assessment and black out a box if the sound is not assessed so I know to discount it
  • Color newly acquired sounds/positions in a different color so that the growth is more obvious

 This is GREAT to show parents, especially at the end of the school year. Report cards and IEP progress notes are hard enough to understand and this chart is a simple visual summary of their child’s progress.



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    • Hi Rebecca, I’m starting my M.A. in SLP in the fall. I’ve been following your blog for a while and am amazed at the great resources you post, including this one. I have 2 questions. 1) what do the letters on line 12, 13, 14, 17, 22, 23 mean? 2) Do you fill out the entire chart even if you’re seeing someone only for a couple of sounds, i.e. “r” & “sh”? THanks! Sue

      • Hi Sue,
        The symbols that I used are from the International Phonetic Alphabet, and represent ‘sh’, ‘ch’ and other sounds. If you search for the IPA you can hear the sound and link it to the symbol. I use this chart for students who present with many errors and are very difficult to understand, usually moderate to severely delayed. It is a visual to see how the students sound system is developing so doing this for a student with 1 or 2 errors would not be useful as they have developed most of their sounds. Best of luck in your studies, where it should make a little more sense.

  • Rebecca, thanks for the reply! I really appreciate it. You’re blog is great!

    • Hi Kay,
      Unfortunately I don’t pin or twitter, just blog! You might need to find a more tech savvy person to help you out.

    • I know it’s been almost 6 months since you asked this, but just in case you or someone else needs the info, here it is: You’ll need to install the “Pin It” button on your browser (it can be found here: http://about.pinterest.com/goodies/#browser ). With that button, you can easily pin any allowable image you would like. Hope this helps! 🙂


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Hi, I'm Rebecca.
I encourage SLPs to feel more confident treating speech sound disorders, and make faster progress with their students.


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