Friday, November 1, 2013

Linky Party: Take & Talk Speech Sound Carryover Book for the "S" Sound (FREEBIE)

Recently I begun making revisions and additions to our, "Frontal Lisping "S" Remediation Program".  This detailed document already had diagrams, steps on how to produce the "S" sound correctly, and several practice exercises at the word, sentence and conversational level, but I realized that it was missing something VERY IMPORTANT - carryover activities to help with generalization of the use of the sound into other environments other than the clinic! This realization made me figure out that I was not always doing the best job that I could do as a speech therapist with checking to see how well my clients were incorporating their newly learned speech sound skills beyond the clinic setting and into their home and school environments.  
Students have reported back to me that they have to often think about their articulation strategies each and every time they talk in order to get them correct.  It's sad but true, but sometimes the learned sounds just don't turn into automatic productions during conversational speech (at least not right away). 

The need to "think about how the sound was taught" is especially true for students who exhibit a functional speech disorder such a frontal lisp. In fact, one 40 year old lady that I talked to recently told me that she learned her speech strategies on how to correct her frontal lisp when she was 7 years old. She is one person that I know that has to even today, "Still think about where her tongue goes" just about every time that she talks in order to not reverse back to her previous frontal lisping behavior. That information was so interesting to me!  And it again proved to me that I need to spend more time with the carryover stage of speech therapy after we have perfected sound productions in the clinic room. 

As a result, I invented some new activities for our lisping packet.  They are called, "Take & Talk Speech Sound Carryover Books".  I have attached one to this post for you to use with your own students who are at the final stages of learning their "S" sound.  I've done a trial run with them at my clinic already, and I have gotten some great feedback and results so far.  Let me know what you think too with a comment!  I am looking for any and all suggestions on how to make these books helpful and I am very open to suggestions on how to improve them. 

You will see that I have tried to put the aspect of accountability into carryover activities, as well as, the opportunity to practice their targeted speech sound in different ways in conversation. I did some research and found out that some great ways to target carryover is to practice the targeted sound in tongue twisters, by telling jokes, and by having the student relay information to others.  Our frontal lisping packet has a silly monsters theme and that is why you will see that the information that is given is about a silly monster named Dee! 

This post was inspired by a super helpful Linky Party that was Started by Jenn over at Crazy Speech World.  Go over there to take a look at all of the helpful carryover ideas that are being shared by her and other speech-language pathologists.  I think that you will find some great new ideas on how to improve carryover with your own students if you do!   

Please click on the picture of the Take and Talk Speech Sound Carryover Book that is located previously in this post, or just click the Google Docs link below to receive your free book.  Oh, and as far as the new lisping document goes,  it is still in the "works".  It will be so much more complete and I think a lot better than the first version. I hope that the many people who have bought the first document will be able to download the new version!  We will let everyone know soon when it will be available.

Thank you Jenn from Crazy Speech World for helping all of us think about how to be better carryover therapists!  It is and should be an important component of speech and language therapy! 

Manda, SLP
Twin Sisters Speech and Language Therapy

1 comment:

SLP Gone Wild said...

Love your ideas! Thank you for linking up :)


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