Soon after I get into articulation therapy with a child and they can make their error sound correctly, I find myself playing little games to improve their discrimination between their error and correct sounds. Today was a funny one. My little guy has been working on /l/ and is pretty consistent in producing it correctly in sentences, but lately has been generalizing it to all his /r/ and /w/ sounds which really diminishes intelligibility! So, I wrote the letters R, L, W across the bottom of my paper and asked him to point to the letter that represented the sound in the word I said, “witch, rake, like, etc.” I was surprised that he was able to get them all right. Interestingly enough, he stopped generalizing so much after that. Another technique I use is I tell my articulation students if they correct their error sound during a lesson, they get 5 √’s instead of the usual one. (I usually use the iPad app, Articulation Station, where you tap a √ or x after a response and hear a positive or negative sound.) It really excited the kids and gets them monitoring their responses. I thought I was really making progress today while working on/th/ when my student asked me the difference between the sounds in “thank” and “this.” I said, “Good question!” and had him hold his hand to his neck to feel the vibration and silence for the two sounds. Then he said, “I know, the thank sounds like /f/ and the this sounds like /d/!” He just described his system of substitutions, and I thought I was teaching him the difference between voiceless and voiced consonants. I had a good laugh.
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Sherry, thank you so much for working with my girls for so long. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, insight and professionalism made our experience so meaningful. My husband and I appreciate all you have done for them. Let’s keep in touch. Thanks again.Mother of 3 and 5 year-old girlsGreenwich, CT
Sherry, thanks for giving us back our son. We are so grateful for everything you did for Ben and our family. Not seeing you every week makes me feel that something is missing… but we look forward to a summertime walk! We miss you,Nicole, mother of 2 year-old boy who was dismissed from therapyWestport, CT
Thank you Sherry! You are a BIG help and Max adores you.Maria, mother of a 5 year-old boyFairfield, CT