deletion is a type of
phonological processing disorder. A phonological processing disorder
occurs when a child has difficulty producing an entire class of speech sounds
vs. individual sound errors. In the case of final consonant deletion, they are
dropping many of their end sounds which make it difficult to be understood.
For this packet we
have chosen to use the sound targets of: b, p, m, n, g, k, t, s and d since
these sounds are more appropriate articulation targets for the younger
communicator. The younger communicator (under the age of 5) is the group that
we usually work with on reducing the phonological process of final consonant
Some ways that we have incorporated minimal pairs
into our therapy:
A) Read a minimal pair card and if the child hears an end sound they are encouraged to run to one side of the room, if they don’t hear an end sound then they are encouraged to run to the other designated side of the room.
B) Read the minimal pair card and have the child stand up when they hear an end sound, and sit down if they hear a word without an end sound.
Once recognition has occurred and if a child is having a specific difficulty with a particular sound, the rest of the packet can then be utilized. Depending on the articulation and/or specific sound deletion the sounds of b, p, m, n, g, k, t, s, and d can be individually targeted using their respective activities.
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