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Ms. Whitcomb

Ms. Whitcomb

Wisdom Lane Middle School: (516) 434-7300 | Gardiners Elementary School: (516) 434-7450

Ms. Whitcomb : Articulation

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Articulation Hierarchy and Home Practice Ideas


  1. Sound in Isolation Level


In speech class, we will practice producing the target sound by itself (e.g., sssss).

At home you can heighten your child’s awareness of the target sound during a structured

period every day. Read the speech story or another favorite story to your child and lengthen/

accentuate every target sound. Have your child identify words in your speech that have the

target sound. Do not expect your child to practice throughout the day as this would be

frustrating for both of you. Instead, create a special “speech time” during the day when

you and your child can practice.


  1. Word level


In therapy, I will ask your child to produce target words with varying levels of help. At first I

will have your child say the words after me and show him/her how to make the sound. As

time progresses, I will provide models less frequently. Eventually, I will expect your child to

say words that contain his/her sound independently. Some ideas for home practice follow:

    • Practice saying the speech words for 5 minutes every day.
    • Draw pictures of the target words and/or find pictures in magazines and newspapers.
    • Read books with your child and have him/her find words with the target sound. After you find the words, have your child pronounce these words.


  1. Sentence Level


In speech, I will ask your child to say and then make up sentences with words that contain

his/her target sound while providing varying levels of help, much like the word level. At first,

I may ask your child to repeat short phrases in which only one word changes. As your child

improves, I will ask him/her to say longer sentences. Eventually, I will have your child create

his/her own sentences. Some ideas for home practice follow:

    • Make up silly sentences or rhymes with the target words.
    • Read books with your child and ask your child questions that require a response using a word with the target sound.
    • Listen to familiar songs with your child. Find words in the songs with the target sound. Have your child practice saying lines from the song with the target sound.


  1. Conversation Level


In speech, I will be structuring activities in a way that allows your child to say the target sound

many times during a structured conversation.

At home, do not expect 100% accuracy all the time. Also, please do not make your child

repeat a word until the sound is perfect. This can be very frustrating for you and your child.

Instead, brainstorm a list of words with your child that contains the target sound. Then tell

your child, “Let’s talk about your day. Let’s see how many of these words you can use.”​