Welcome to Sentence Level Games for T. 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 T. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say T correctly.
At this level, your child is going to work on saying T during functional speech games and 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 T at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good T sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few T words for practice.
2. Introduce the target sentences before starting a game 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!!
Let's play a good old fashioned game of tag.
Target Sentences: Tag, you're it!
How to Play: I will review how to play tag for those who haven't played it before. One person is "it." This person chases the other players in the game and tries to tap them on the back. When the "it" player tags a person, he or she says "tag, you are it!" This game is the most fun with 3 or more people but it can be played with 2 if necessary.
There are a few ways to play this game. I will review the easiest!
Target Sentences: ____ in tub
How to Play: Before bath, take turns with your child washing a few toys first. To do so, throw each toy in the tub one at a time. While throwing the toys, say the sentence ____(name of toy) in tub. Also, once your child is in the bathtub be aware of the words tub and water. Pay attention to how he or she is saying the T sound.
Target Sentences: The sentences will change but be aware of the words "two," "eight," and "ten."
How to Play: Count anything to 10. This game can be played all day long in short bursts. Your child can count the number of cheerios at breakfast, number of marbles while playing, number of steps to the car, number of birds in the sky, etc...
This is another game that can be played all day long. Find the little version of anything!
Target Sentences: This one is little
How to Play: Almost anything has a little version of itself. For example, there are big and little blocks, toys, pieces of chicken, socks, pants, crayons, etc... When interacting with your child, ask him or her which one is little. Encourage your child to answer using the phrase "this one is little" to practice the T sound. I suggest playing this game in short bursts. Maybe even prompt your child that it is going to be "little" day. Be careful not to over-correct!
*The T sound in the word "little" will sound somewhat like the D sound. That is okay and normal.
This game requires a few toys or some creativity!
Target Sentences: Eat______
How to Play: The easiest way is to get out a puppet or stuffed animal and some pretend food. If you don't have pretend food, you can make some with paper and crayons.
It is time to draw. Get out a piece of paper and a marker or crayon.
Target Sentences: Write a _____
How to Play: Get out a piece of paper and something to draw with. Next, take turns with your child being a teacher. Tell each other what to write. If your child doesn't know how to write letters, you can have him or her draw shapes or anything! The key here is to say "write____" before each turn.
This game can be played many different ways. I will give a few examples below.
Target Sentences: This will depend on the game. Some examples: Hit hat, Put hat on
How to Play: The easiest way to play this game is to get a few hats out. Then, take turns with your child telling one another to "put hat on." Another way to play this game (this version is a favorite with my students) is to turn a hat upside down on the floor. Then take turns trying to throw a ball into the hat. Before each turn, say the sentence "hit hat." See how many baskets you can make!
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 T.
Target Words: treat, sweet, eat, eating, butter, batter, taco, turkey, toast, chocolate, table
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the T words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the T sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every T word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!