There are 2 parts to word practice:
Start with drill practice in order to teach your child how to say N correctly in words. Make sure to target N in the initial, medial, and final position of words.
Once your child can name or repeat most words correctly during drills, move to the Flashcard Games at the bottom of the page.
Have Fun Practicing!
Drill practice is exactly what is sounds like….drill practice. It is the time to practice, practice, and then practice some more. Now is also the time to experiment with which tactile, verbal, and/or visual cues work best for your child. Since, most likely, your child is young, drill practice needs to be short and possibly play based.
Materials: You have 4 options
Print or make materials now.
How To Practice:
If your child is not repeating words, give him or her 3 tries max. Don’t refuse to continue your drills unless he or she says a word. This will only cause frustration.
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.
Once your child is saying at least 80% of these words correctly, quickly move on to the flashcard games below. They are more functional and increase your chances of carry over!
Practicing the N sound during games is an important step for carryover of progress. Your child has to remember to say their newly learned way of saying N while being slightly distracted by a game. The distraction encourages your child to move their new motor habit to their automatic/procedural memory (this is the end goal after all!)
Materials: You have 2 options. If your child can't read, I suggest the pictured cards
Please print out the cards you would like to use or make your own!
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 there to get in as many repetitions of your N words as possible. The rules do not matter. I encourage you to invent your own as you go!
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.
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.
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.
How to Play: Place the cards on the floor and have your child step on each one. As he or she steps on the card, have your child say the word. That's it! It is a simple and quick game, but yet very motivating for many children.
How to Play: Crumple each flashcard into a ball. Throw a 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 production.
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 N sound.
How to Play: Place flashcards on the ground and space them out. Tell your child that each card is a pretend rock in a shallow pond. Everyone has to jump from card to card while being careful not to get wet, wink wink ;) Make sure to name the card that you jump on and have your child do the same.
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.
Materials: Flashcards and Toy Cars
How to Play: Get on the floor with your child. Place flaschcards face up on the floor. Push cars towards the cards. When a car hits a card, the player must name it and keep it. The one with the most cards wins. If you use your imagination, there are many different ways to play this one!
Materials: Flashcards and Envelopes
How to Play: Name the cards as you place them in an envelope. Each card gets its own envelope. Place the envelope in a real mailbox or on the floor. Then, you can even take turns "getting" and "opening" the mail! Name the cards as you pull them out of their envelopes.