Articulation Hierarchy and Home Practice Ideas
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.
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:
saying the speech words for 5 minutes every day.
pictures of the target words and/or find pictures in magazines and
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.
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:
up silly sentences or rhymes with the target words.
books with your child and ask your child questions that require a
response using a word with the target sound.
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.
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.”