Friday, August 16, 2013

Incentive Chart for Articulation Therapy

Incentive Chart for Articulation Therapy!

Check out what I made for one of my kiddos who is working on /r/.  It's an incentive chart for articulation therapy!  Kids love seeing their progress and if you can get their competitive nature to come out you can encourage them to try to beat their old score.  A lot of times during speech therapy session, the child gets bored and doesn't try as hard as you know he can.  This will help you give your child something to strive for.  See if he can beat his old score.  You can also show him how to create a bar graph in the process!  Here's how I'm organizing sessions for this child:

Articulation Warm-Up

No, I'm not talking about non-speech oral motor exercises, I'm talking about a warm-up for the mouth that involves making the target sound over and over again.  I've noticed that my kids seem to do better as the session goes on and they get more warmed up, so we might as well start with a whole bunch of repetitions of the sound all at once before moving on.  Here's what I do:
  • Have the child make the sound in isolation 10 times
  • Have the child say the sound before 5 different vowels (like "bah", "bee", "bay", etc).  Have him do that series 5 times in a row.  
  • Have the child say the word in between two vowels (this can be non-sense like "ubuh").  Choose 5 different combinations and have him say the whole series of them 5 times.
  • Have the child say the sound after 5 different vowels ("uhb", "ahb", etc).  Do this series 5 times.
  • Add on any tricky words that your child is struggling with.  Adding them to the end of the warm-up may help get him there faster.

Practice the Words

Next, practice the words with that target sound that you are currently working on.  Practice those for the bulk of your session.

Beat the Graph

At the end of your session, now that your child has warmed up and practiced the hard ones, tell your child it's time to see if he can beat the graph.  Present him with a random assortment of words with the target sound (in all positions) and see how many he can say correctly.  (If you're working at the sentence level, have him say sentences).  Do 30-40 words and then score it.  Give the child as many attempts as you have time for and record the highest score.  

This should help you keep your child motivated to keep working on that target sound!  If you're interested in speech therapy services in Columbia, Missouri, check out my services page.  If you're not in Columbia but would like more great speech and language activities and ideas, head on over to


  1. I do something similar for my older students - a bar graph with 0-100 (percent, by 10s) and dates as the X and Y axes - they love filling in the boxes for each 10 percent they get accurate that session and watch the bars get higher and higher. I used to use this for all my students as a quick way to note their progress at report card time (and had lines underneath for notes), but now that I have 100 students, we don't have the time to do it for everyone, so I remade the form to display only the graph and enlarged it so the kids could have fun coloring it in. You can set this up in an Excel document to make it easy to run off multiple copies.

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