If a child speaks more than one language, we all know that therapy should be done in the stronger language. HOWEVER, we all don't speak every language out there.
I work with quite a few bilingual students and I am raising my own children bilingually. I have been quite frustrated by the disconnect of progress made in therapy (in English) and the home language.
To help with this, I have created a some FUNCTIONAL bilingual articulation materials. By functional, I have a "cheat sheet" so parents can learn how to say each sound and then how to cue their child. I feel that progress is made faster when parents have a better idea of the mechanics behind speech.
Then, I attached a cue sheet. You can simply circle which cues work best for the your client. Then, the cues will be consistent across settings.
I also have a FUNCTIONAL games that parents can play with their children throughout the day. We all know that if speech is practiced in naturally in different settings with daily, functional vocabulary, progress happens quicker.
For your convenience, I also have a weekly, blank "homework" sheet where you, the therapist or teacher, can fill in weekly goals. In order to help parents, we also create a "articulation cheat sheet" to explain common jargon. All you have to do is print out the weekly homework and cheat sheet, write in current goal and print off flashcards or games ideas.
That's it! You have a functional, easy home program in Spanish!
When designing an articulation treatment plan for a student, client, or child, I choose goals and activities based on the motor learning theory. What is the motor learning theory you ask? Well, motor learning is basically teaching muscles of the body a new desired motor plan/behavior. This section also reviews some sample treatment plans and different options for school based services!
In this section, there is a non-standardized articulation screening tool. I designed this tool to gather pre- and post-treatment data. It's quick and easy. On the data sheet, the sounds are listed on the left and the other 4 columns are reserved for recording errors at the word and sentence level. It is possible to record responses over two different days which is convenient for collecting pre and post-treatment data.
It is recommended to review the parent “cheat sheet” for articulation practice at the beginning of therapy and then keep a copy in the child’s home program folder for future reference.
The weekly home program sheet is used for parent-SLP weekly communication. It is an easy way to update progress and provide instruction for home practice.
Blank Homework Sheet
Articulation Therapy Cheat Sheet
Each game has word, sentences, and conversational level practice ideas! When I give parents flashcards to practice at home, I fill out the homework sheet and indicate which level of practice the child is at such as word, sentence, or conversational level of practice. Then, attach a flashcard game, and again, circle the level of practice.
That's it! Let us know if you find any missing links or corrections. Thanks and enjoy! We are working hard on the Spanish version, stay tuned!