Tiny Objects for Articulation
by Christy Callaghan
Tiny Objects 1
A fresh and fun activity that I have been doing in speech therapy is called Tiny Objects for Articulation.
This is an activity that targets articulation development. Basically, each phoneme has a set of miniatures to use for articulation practice.
Although I created this activity for articulation therapy, I have also used it to practice fluency/stuttering strategies, syntax, categories, and EET. This game is flexible!
I have been putting together this activity for a while. I wanted to ensure that there were enough miniatures to make therapy sessions productive!
I had a storage container with small drawers that I found at a thrift store. But, these containers can be purchased at any hardware store. They are usually used to organize and store screws, nails, etc. Mine was a bit dingy, but some orange spray paint took care of that!
Next, I used sticker letters from my scrap-booking stash on the front of each drawer to designate a space for the phonemes, and some blends. I then collected little things for each phoneme to store in these drawers.
The objects are from Lego, Playmobile, bead shops, doll house websites, and our family toy collection. I always keep an eye out when I am shopping for things that will not only fit in the drawers, but also suit my needs for this activity.
Here is how I use it in therapy. Students are given a drawer with their target sound. During their turn, the student says each word so many times, or in a sentence, or a silly sentence with two words, etc. Then the next student goes.
We go around and around until all the miniatures from the drawer are used for practice.
This is a favorite in speech class!
A goal that can be targeted during this activity might look like this:
By DATE, STUDENT will correctly produce PHONEME in the THERAPY / CLASSROOM/ETC setting at the WORD / PHRASE / CONVERSATIONAL / ETC level with 80% accuracy in 4/5 trials as measured by observation and data collection. CCSS ELA SL GRADE.1
or, with real words:
By 12/1/2015, Christy will correctly produce /s/ in the therapy setting at the word level with 80% accuracy in 4/5 trials as measured by observation and data collection. CCSS ELA SL 2.1
I hope you enjoy this idea!