Welcome to Sentence Level Games for L. Yeah!
Throw away your flashcards! You will not need them at this stage. When your child sees those cards, he or she goes in to "speech mode." This is something I see all the time! Speech games are a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say L correctly. It is harder to remember to say sounds right.
Now your child is going to work on saying L during functional speech games in order to start to transition speech progress into automatic, everyday speech.
1. Remind your child that you are going to play a game and practice L at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good L sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few L words.
2. Introduce the target sentences and then practice them with your child before starting.
3. Incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible.
4. Make sure you, the parent, takes turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentence which has the power to accelerate the process.
5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.
Lastly, remember to have fun!!
This is an easy one with many options!
Target Sentences: Catch the ball, Throw the ball, Bounce the ball
How to Play: How you play this game is completely up to you! All you need is some sort of ball, yourself and your child. Pick a sentence from above and play with your child. You can throw, toss, roll, kick, or bounce the ball. Just make sure to say the target sentence before each turn.
Again, this game is up to you, the parent, and your child's interests. All you need is a ball and something to knock down.
Target Sentences: Fall down, ___fell down
How to Play: Get out a ball or anything that can roll. An empty can will even do. Next, find something to knock down. It can be blocks, cans, boxes, dominoes....anything! Take turns rolling the ball on the table or floor and try to knock down the objects. With each turn, you can say "fall down" or after your turn, remark how many objects fell down.
Left-Right is a "treasure hunt" game that can be played indoors or outdoors. It is helpful for practicing the L sound and giving directions!
Target Sentences: Turn left____, turn right and walk_____
How to Play: One person, the hider, hides an agreed upon "treasure." Then once hidden, the hider gives directions to the othe players. However, the hider can only give left or right directions such as turn left, turn right, turn left and walk straight, etc.... Remember to play attention to the L sound in the word "left" and "walk."
You will need some balloons for this game. If you don't have any or can't buy any, you can always make some out of paper and crayons.
Target Sentences: Throw the balloon, Don't drop the balloon, Hit the balloon,
How to Play: Blow up a balloon and tell your child that you guys are going to play with the balloon and practice the L sound. You can do any number of things with a balloon. You can throw the balloon, hit the ballon, or my favorite, don't drop the balloon!
This is not a game but an easy opportunity to practice L all day long!
Target Sentences: Hello____
How to Play: Tell your child that today is going to be a "hello day." This means, instead of saying "hi," everyone is going to say "hello" with a good L sound. You will keep track of how many hellos everyone says. Let's see if you can get 20 good hellos before dinner!
This outdoor game is a lot of fun! This game is more fun with at least 3 people but it can be played with 2 people if needed.
Target Sentences: Red light, Green light
How to Play: One person is "it" and the other players are the runners. The "it" person decides on the starting line and the finish line. Once all the players know the landmarks, the "it" person turns their back on the runners and calls "green light" (with a good L) and the runners start running. Then the "it" person calls "red light" and the players have to stop. As the "it" person yells "red light," he or she turns around. If any players are still running they have to go back to the start line. The first person to the finish line becomes the "it" person.
The reading game is very simple but a lot of work for your child, especially if he or she is just learning how to read.
Target Sentences: This will depend on the book
How to Play: You will need a highlighter or sticky notes and a book. The directions for this practice are easy. During story time with your child, have your child read a page out of a book while practicing their good L sound. Since your child may be just learning how to read, pre-marking each L beforehand with a highlighter, pencil, or post-it might take some of the pressure off. As your child improves, take away the markings.
I always end my practice ideas with my most functional conversational game. This one involves a meal time since we eat everyday making it easy to remember to practice L.
Target Words: Lick, Lemon, Lamb, Lunch, Salad, Jelly, Glass
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the L words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the L sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every L word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!