D Word Level: Speech Therapy Home Practices

There are 2 parts to word practice:

  1. Drill Practice
  2. Flashcard Games

Start with drill practice to teach your child how to say D correctly in words. Make sure to target D in the initial, medial, and final position.

Once your child can say D about 80% of the time, move down to the Flashcard Games at the bottom of the page.

Have Fun Practicing!

Drill Practice

Drill practice is the time to practice, practice, and then practice some more. Experiment with which tactile, verbal, and/or visual cues work best for your child. 

Materials: You have 4 options: 

  1. Word Flashcards: InitialMedialFinal (Click on each link and save or print)
  2. Pictured Flashcards: InitialMedialFinal (Click on each link and print)
  3. Word List (Save to Google Docs and bring up on any device)
  4. Use word list below for repetition tasks or to make your own flashcards

Please print, save, or make materials now.

How To Practice: 3 Different Options

  1. Have your child repeat words after you, using material options 3 or 4. Cover initial, medial, and final words. Or...
  2. Have your child name pictures using option 2: initial, medial, and final pictured flashcards. Or...
  3. If your child can read, have your child read the cards or word lists.

Tips: Plan drill time around a daily activity. Dinner, car rides, or walks are great places to start. This helps you to remember to practice. Try to practice 3 times per day for 5 minutes each session.

Motivate: Use this sticker chart to keep track of progress and to motivate your child: Sticker Chart (place stickers or check-marks each time your child practices. Decide what quantity constitutes what prize.) 

**Once your child is saying at least 80% of these words correctly, move on to the flashcard games below. They are more functional and increase your chances of carry over!**

Flashcard Games

Practicing D during flashcard games is an important step in the learning process. Your child has to remember to say their newly learned way of saying D while being slightly distracted by a game. This distraction encourages your child to move their new motor habit to their automatic/procedural memory (this is the end goal after all)!

Materials 2 options: (If your child can't read, I suggest the picture cards)

  1. Word Flashcards: InitialMedialFinal 
  2. Pictured Flashcards: InitialMedialFinal 

Print out the cards or make your own! If do decide to print, I suggest printing the flashcards on thicker construction paper. 

How To Practice: You will use your flashcards in a variety of different card games. Each game is very simple. The most important thing to remember is that you are here to get in as many repetitions of your target words as possible.

1. Memory

Materials: Flashcards

How to Play: Lay all the flashcards on the table face down. Take turns with your child turning over 2 cards at a time. SAY THE WORD ON THE CARD WITH EACH TURN. This is where you will get your speech therapy practice after all. During a turn, if a player finds a match, he or she keeps it and gets another turn. The person with the most matches win.

2. Flashlight Game

Materials: Flashcards and a Flashlight

How to Play: Tape the flashcards to a wall, preferably a small room like a bedroom or a bathroom. (Make sure the tape won't take off the paint first!) Then, turn off the lights. Have fun shinning the flashlight on the wall to find your taped up flashcards. Name the pictures as you find them. 

3. Hide The Prize

Materials: Flashcards and a Coin

How to Play: Turn over all the flashcards on a table. Under one card, hide a prize. This could be a piece of paper, sticker, or coin. Have your child turn over each card, one by one, in order to find the prize. SAY THE NAME OF THE CARD with each turn.

4. Go Fish

Materials: 2 Copies of Flashcards 

How to Play: For those who don't know how to play " go fish," I will review the rules here. "Go Fish" is a pretty common card game. Mix up the flashcards and deal 5 cards to your child and 5 cards to yourself. Place the rest in the middle of the table face down. One player starts and asks anyone who is playing "(i.e., mommy) do you have a ____(i.e., dog)?" The player asking the question is trying to make a match with the card he or she has in his or her hand. If the player, in this case mom, has the dog, she gives it to her child. Her child then makes a match and lays it on the table. The next player then gets a turn and asks another player for a card in hopes to make a match. Continuing with our example, if mom did not have the card, she would say "go fish" (with a good D of course)! The child then would pick a random card from the center pile and add it to their hand. If the card is a match, the child gets to lay the match down. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins.

5. Catch

Materials: Flashcards 

How to Play: Crumple each flashcard into a ball. Throw the crumpled up card to your child. Have your child catch it, open it, and say the word. Take turns crumpling and throwing. It is important for adults to take turns as well since we model the correct pronunciation. 

6. Bean Bags

Materials: Flashcards and Bean Bags

How to Play: Place cards on the ground face up. Take turns tossing bean bags at the cards and see which one you can hit. Once a card is hit, the player must name the card with a good D sound. 

7. Long Jump

Materials: Flashcards

How to Play: Place flashcards on the ground and space them out. Challenge your child to jump from card to card as he or she names them.

8. Hide and Seek

Materials: Flashcards

How to Play: Hide the cards around a room while your child counts to 20. When time is up, your child has to find the cards and name them as he or she discovers them. 

9. Paper Toss

Materials: Flashcards 

How to Play: Get out a trash can or bucket. Crumple up flashcards and take turns trying to throw them in the bucket. Don't forget to name the cards with each turn!

10. Draw

Materials: Flashcards, blank paper, crayons

How to Play: Name the target words as you draw them. 

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