Speech Sounds and sound awareness
Minimal pairs – Sound discrimination
Minimal pairs are a great way to help children discriminate between sounds in words. Children need to be able to hear and know the sounds in words before they can practise using these in their talking.
Helping speech sounds – Syllables
Practising syllables helps children listen for how a word is made up and the sounds in the word. Syllable clapping and sorting are great ways to practice this.
Bus sorting – Initial sound listening
A sorting game to practice listening for sounds at the beginning of words. The written word can make the task easier for some children. No written word on pictures gives children less clues.
Apple tree game – Final sound listening
The apple tree game is a great way to help children hear the end sounds in words. Some children miss off the end sounds in words as their talking is developing.
A set of hand cues devised by Jane Passy to help children with sounds. For more information see the cued articulation, consonants and vowels publication by Jane Passy.
Sound discrimination – Sound lotto
This video demonstrates how we practise sound discrimination.
A video to show how to teach new sounds.
Wiggly woo – Helping rhyme
A video showing you how to use our wiggly woo rhyme resource. Rhyming helps your child to listen to ways word sound. Rhyme helps build sound awareness and helps literacy skills
Generalising speech sounds
This video demonstrates how children generalise their new sounds.
Sound properties – Sound sorting
This video demonstrates how to listen and sort sounds to help children ‘tune in’.
Helping children with s clusters
A video demonstrating how to help children to use ‘s’ clusters.
A sound story to help children listen for sounds.