Child Language
Possessive S

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For a quick grammar review, possessive S is a grammar form that show's possession of an object by adding an S to a person or animal.  

For example: Mom's car, Dad's phone, Bobby's ball. 

This section is comprised of:

  • Drill Practice
  • Functional Grames

Drill Practice:

To initially teach a child about the possessive S grammar form, begin with the flashcard activity.  The visuals (pictures) on the cards combined with the decreased distractions of daily life are very beneficial. However, don’t spend too much time here, maybe just a day or two.

Functional Games:

After initially teaching possessive S, start to play one of the functional games. These games will help with generalization of progress made to conversational speech. 

Possessive S Games

1. Flash Card Teaching Phase

What You Need: 

How To Use Cards:  

  1. Print the cards or pull them up on some sort of device (computer, tablet, iPad, etc…)
  2. First, name a few cards and have your child watch and listen to show him or her what type of response you are interested in. For example, point to a card and say “mommy’s keys” or “boy’s kite.”
  3. After completing 1-2 cards, ask your child to repeat your responses for 2-3 more cards. 
  4. Once, your child has learned the pattern, encourage him or her to describe the cards without your verbal model.
  5. If your child is having trouble saying the possessive S, there is a carrier phrase included with each picture. Say the sentence under the picture to try to prompt your child to answer with a phrase which includes the possessive S. 


My recommendation is to repeat this task a few times in a row for about a week or so. Once your child seems to be “getting it,” move on to games the below. They are more functional and this will help to carry-over progress into everyday speech!

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2. House or Farm

What You Need: 

A house with little people or a farm with animals

How To Play: 

Get on the floor or sit at a table with your child. Start to play with the house or farm. While playing, have the little people or animals take or play with something. 

For example, you may give a bottle to a baby. Ask your child “whose bottle is it?” Hopefully, your child will respond with “the baby’s bottle.” 

If your child does not respond with the correct response, say the correct answer and ask your child to repeat it. Then, move on!


Make playing as fun and natural as possible. Don’t turn it into a quiz (I will say this often since it is important!)

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3. Reading

What You Need:

A children's book

How To Play: 

Sit down and read a book with your child. While reading, periodically ask your child a question about who a certain object belongs to. Wait for your child to respond. If he/she responds with the correct answer, say “great talking” and move on.


You might say “whose bed is this?” and your child responds with “it is billy’s bed.” If your child doesn’t say the right answer, tell him/her the correct response and ask for a repetition. Then, move on! 


Don’t make it into a quiz. After a few nights or months of reading, your child will start to pick up on the pattern.

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