Welcome to Sentence Level Games for S. Yeah!
You now must throw away your flashcards! When your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child can easily say S. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say S correctly.
At this level, your child is going to work on saying S during functional speech games. He or she will start to transition their speech progress into their automatic, everyday speech.
1. Remind your child that you are going to play a game and practice S at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good S sound!
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 a great game to start with when you first move to the sentence level!
What You Need: Soccer ball or any ball
Target Sentences: Kick the soccer ball
How to Play: You and your child kick the soccer ball back and forth. Before taking a turn, each player must say "kick the soccer ball" before each turn.
You are going to go on a treasure hunt, but instead of saying “hot” or “cold,” you are going to say “close or closer” or “far or farther.” Read on for the full instructions.
Target Sentences: You are close, You are closer
How to Play: One player takes turn hiding objects around the house, “the hider”. The other player, the “searcher” attempts to find the object by searching the house. In this game, as the searcher searches, the hider will give clues “close...closer...closer...closer…" as the searcher starts searching closer to the object. If the searcher starts to stray away, the hider gives clues such as “far and/or farther.” When the seeker finds the object, he or she has to shout “yes” with a good S. This game is very similar to “hot and cold.” However, our twist adds extra S practice.
“Sorry” is a board game that is well worth the money. I try VERY hard not to recommend games that cost money but this game is just so awesome that I can't miss the opportunity! Most kids love to play Sorry and it has many opportunities to practice S.
Target Sentences: Depends on situation. You can read cards, say sorry when appropriate, slide (when your player slides)
How to Play: To learn the rules of Sorry, please refer to the directions on the box. To learn how to play “Sorry” in order to improve speech, read on! Sorry naturally has a lot of S words already built into the game. When starting, practice S while reading the cards before each turn. To make it easier on my students, I highlight all the S words beforehand. Once your child is able to say S easily while reading the cards, practice saying S with “sorry,” “slide,” or “step-backward" throughout the game. This is a great game for carryover!!
Example Script: This will depend on the cards
20 Questions is a classic game with many educational and vocabulary learning benefits. We are going to make a few changes to focus on practicing S. I like to call it “Person or Place Game.”
Target Sentences: Is it a person, My person is..., My place has...
How to Play: One player imagines a person or place only (NOT a THING). Once the person or place is chosen, that player gives the other players a clue with the carrier phrase, ”my person or my place… (Clue).” To practice S, make sure that your child is saying “person” or “place” correctly every turn. The person guessing has to use the phrase…”Is your person (or place) a … (guess)?" This way, your child will practice S every turn whether he or she is asking or answering questions.
I spy is a fun game to play in the car or on a walk. It also is a great game to practice S without even trying!
Target Sentences: I spy with my little eye something, Is your something?
How to Play: While riding in a car, walking, or even sitting in a room, one player silently chooses an object that he or she can see. Once that player has chosen the object, he or she says...“I Spy with my little eye Something….(fill in the blank with a description of the object).” The other player(s) guess the name of the object by saying, “Is your something…?”
This is a classic road trip game with a twist. Of course, our twist will be adding lots of S practice. As a bonus, it is a good memory exercise as well!
Target Sentences: I'm going on a bus and I'm going to bring...
How to Play: Each player takes turns finishing the sentence “I’m going on a bus and I’m going bring… (finish the sentence with an S word).” The memory trick is that you have to remember the previous responses as well as make up your own. All words must have an S. Remember to cue your child as needed while you play. Personally, I say, before each turn, “remember to say your good S sound.”
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 S sound. Since your child may be just learning how to read, pre-marking each S 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 S.
Target Words: sugar, burger, give, gum
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the S words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the S sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every S word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!