Welcome to Sentence Level Games for Z. Carryover of progress happens here!
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 Z. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say Z correctly.
At this level, your child is going to work on saying Z 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 Z at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good Z 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!!
There are a lot of puzzles out there. You can find a jigsaw puzzle, a puzzle on the internet, free puzzle apps on your phone, iPad, or tablet.
Target Sentences: Next puzzle piece, I found a puzzle piece
How to Play: Put a puzzle together with your child. Take turns finding a puzzle piece. Make sure to say one of the sentences above during each turn. It is that easy. You may have to take turns a little slowly to make sure you get good Z practice!
It's a memory game about a zoo
Target Sentences: In the zoo, I saw ____
How to Play: One person starts the game, "in the zoo, I saw______" (insert an animal). The next person has to say the target sentence the previous response and a new response. The game continues like this until one person can't think of all the previous answers.
Pizza time! Since pizza is my favorite food, this one is easy to play in our house. We have weekly pizza Fridays. If you don't want to make a pizza,there are other options below.
Target Sentences: On my pizza I have____, Pizza time, Put____on my pizza
How to Play: You can make a pizza for dinner (this would be my choice), draw a pizza, or make one out of play dough. Whatever you decide, the important part is to use one of the target sentences as much as possible.
Target Sentences: I have a present for you, I think my present is a ________
How to Play: Find a box, cup, shoe box, or anything that closes. This game is more fun if you can't see through the box and you can pick it up. Hide an object in the box and tell your child that you have a present. See if your child can guess what the present is by shaking it, feeling the weight, etc...If your child does not guess the object correctly, give a clue and try again. This will help to work on language as well! Switch roles once the object has been successfully discovered.
This is a bubble game. I promise you, 6 year olds still like bubbles.
Target Sentences: Zap it, Zapped it
How to Play: Blow bubbles outside with your child. After you blow bubbles, have your child try to pop each one. Before popping the bubbles, your child must say "zap it."
We say "is" all day long in almost every sentence. Therefore, this word is great to target during games.
Target Sentences: The (object) is_____.
How to Play: Pick an object in the house to describe. Tell your child to describe the object but make sure to say a good Z sound in the word "is." Model the target sentence for your child with a slightly exaggerated Z. Then have your child say a sentence.
I may be hungry with all these food games!
Target Sentences: I have ____cookies, Chocolate chip cookies, My cookies
How to Play: This game can be played with real or pretend cookies made out of paper or play dough. I frequently do the play dough cookies. They are easy to make and kids enjoy coming up with creative cookies.
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 Z.
Target Words: Cookies, Please, Cheese, Dessert, Zucchini
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the Z words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the Z sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every Z word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!