M Functional Games
Sentence Level

Welcome to Sentence Level Games for M. You are ready to work on M during functional games. Yeah! 

Throw away your cards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child remembers to say M correctly. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say the sound right.

Therefore, your child now must work on M during more "natural" games. This is how we transition all the great progress made so far into automatic, everyday speech!

I created games that naturally contain M words. To be successful with these games, make sure to incorporate as many M sentences as possible. Also, give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

My Best Practice Tips:

1. At first, model the correct word and/or sentence during games. Don’t force your child to repeat after you.

2. As your child improves, start prompting your child to say the target words/sentences. If your child refuses, give them 3 opportunities to say the word. If he or she still doesn't say it, move on. DON’T CAUSE FRUSTRATION!

3. Adapt games to the level of your child. If your child is  only using 1-2 word phrases, your phrases during a game should not be more than 2 words. We are working on speech not language here.

4. If your child is not speaking in sentences, don't worry! You can practice these games with single words as well.  Just change the target sentences to single words.

Lastly, remember to have fun!!


Functional Games


Mom

Target Phrases

Mom sleep, Mom eat, Mom drive, Mom bath

How to Play

This game is the easiest to play while playing house. If you don't have a house and toy people, you can use baby dolls or even make people out of paper. Get on the floor with your child. Name your toy people or dolls "mom," "dad," "baby," or whatever you would like. Make sure that one of the toys is mom though! Then, take turns having the "mom" complete certain actions. At first, you may be doing most of the talking.

Example Script

  • Parent: Here is the mom, mom is sleeping
  • Child: Mom sleeping?
  • Parent: Shhh....mom sleep
  • Child: Mom hungry, mom eat
  • Parent: Baby and mom eat

The key is to model the word “mom” as much as possible and have your child listenand eventually repeat it correctly.

More Please!

Target Phrase

More______

How to Play

To play this  "game," simply pick a "more" day. As you interact with your child, model and encourage your child to say "more" during a set activity. For example, while playing blocks with your child, keep the blocks out of reach. In order for your child to get another block, he/she has to say "more blocks" before you will give another one.

Example Script

  • Child: (Whining for more cookies)
  • Parent: More cookies?
  • Child: More
  • Parent: Good talking, good /m/ sound!
  • Etc...


Messy

Target Phrase

Messy floor

How to Play

Grab a bucket or handful of toys. Then, dump out the toys on the floor and say "messy floor, uh oh." Clean up the toys and repeat. Once your child watches you for a few turns, encourage him/her to join. You may even say..."What do you want?"and child hopefully responds with "messy floor."

Example Script

  • Parent: Here is the bucket of legos. Let's make the floor messy
  • Child: Okay
  • Parent: Say messy floor
  • Child: Messy Floor!
  • Parent: (Gives child the bucket)
  • Child: (Dumps toys on the floor)
  • Parent: Let's clean up and do that again!
  • Etc...


Yummy Yummy In My Tummy Tummy

Target Phrase

Yummy yummy in my tummy tummy

How to Play 

While you and your child are eating a delicious treat, say the phrase "yummy yummy in my tummy tummy" while rubbing your tummy. Children usually finds this really funny and often repeat. Model the sentence a few times and then encourage your child to repeat after you while eating. 

Example Script

  • Parent & Child: (Eating clementines)
  • Parent: Yummy yummy in my tummy tummy (rubs tummy)
  • Parent: Your turn
  • Child: Yummy tummy
  • Parent: Good /m/ sound!
  • Etc...


Farm

Target Phrase

____in farm

How to Play

If you have a toy farm, use it. If you don't have a farm, create one with an empty box. Get on the floor with your child and play with the farm. While you play, take turns putting animals in and out of the farm. Make sure to say "_____(name of animal) in farm" before each turn. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Cow in farm (puts cow in farm)
  • Child: Horse in farm (puts horse in farm)
  • Parent: Dog in farm (puts dog in farm)
  • Child: Pig in farm (puts pig in farm)
  • Parent: Good job saying /m/!
  • Etc...


Same

Target Sentence

They are the same

How to Play

Find objects in the house that match such as legos, silverware, cards, etc.... Mix them up and then help your child sort them by finding matches. Once a match is found, say ..."they are the same!"

Example Script

  • Parent: Look at all the shapes I have. I have a triangle. Here is another triangle, they are the same.
  • Parent: Here is a square (gives child a square)
  • Parent: Try to find one that is the same
  • Child: (Finds another square) They are the sa!
  • Parent: Good find but Lips together for same
  • Etc...


Bath Time Swimming

Target Sentence

____(name of toy) swim(s)

How to Play

During bath, get out a bucket of toys. Give your child each toy, one by one, and have him/her drop the toy in the bathtub while telling it to swim. That's it! The good thing about this game is that you can do it every night and it will only take a few minutes!

Example Script

  • Parent: Here is your duck, tell it to swim (gives child the duck)
  • Child: Duck swim (child drops duck in tub)
  • Parent: Here is the boat (gives child the boat)
  • Child: Boat swim (child drops boat in tub)
  • Etc...


Meals

Target Words

More, Milk, Mouth, Lemon, Tomato, Hamburger, Ice Cream, Ham, Plum

How to "Play" 

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of all the /m/ words you or your child might say during meals. A sticker or tally system for every /m/ word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!


What's Next


You've made it! If you want some more practice, check out some language worksheets.


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