•                                                    Carryover Tips:

    Here is a great website! 


    Play board/card games with your child. It teaches children turn-taking skills, counting skills, language and social/pragmatic skills. Board/card games are language enriching. Vocabulary can be enhanced by talking about the pictures on the board/cards.  Students learn problem solving and strategy skills. Some games enhance pre-reading and reading skills! Start a game night!!


    Environment Sound Search


     1. Search the environment (outside/inside- even while in the car) for words that have your child’s sound in it.

    2. Create a sentence with the word using good speech sounds.

     Brainstorm Words


    -Brainstorm all the seasonal words you can think of. Pick out the ones that have your child’s targeted sound and make sentences with them.

     Theme-Related Words 

    - Brainstorm words that share a theme:

    Sporting Events




    Helpful Hint:

    Use a mirror if your child is having a hard time with placement (where to place their tongue, lips or teeth to produce their sounds) for proper sound production. This makes it easier to “see” the sound.




    Verbal Cues:              

    If your child gets frustrated when they need to repeat information over, use phrases such as: “take your time”, “use your best speech sounds” or “think before you speak”.  These are some phrases that I use, which seem to help.  If you are using these phrases at home it will provide continuity between home and school!


    Quick Carryover Activities:


     Draw a picture of yourself. Draw a part each time you say a word with your sound.


     Guess a word with your sound that someone else is describing.


     Shake a die or spin a spinner and say that many words with your sound.


    Make Flashcards:


    1.   Put on the fridge. Say the words before and after dinner.


    2.   Put all your cards in a bag, pick one, and name it.


    3.   Hide your cards in a book. Turn each page and say the cards you find.


    4.   Put a piece of cereal on each card. Say the word and eat the cereal.



    5.    Have someone take one card away. Guess which card is missing.


    6.   Look at your cards through a magnifying glass or binoculars and say them.


    7.   Give your cards to a puppet or stuffed animal as you say them.


    8.   Shine a flashlight on each card and name it.



    9.    Put a penny on each card as you say it.


    10.                 Throw your cards on the floor and say them as you pick them up.


    11.                 Bring your cards along in the car and say one each time the car stops.


    12.                 Call someone you know on the telephone and tell them your words.


    13.                 Hide the cards around the room. Say them as you find them.



     Build a tower of blocks and say a word each time you stack a block.


     Say your words into a tape recorder and play them back.


     Fold a piece of paper each time you say a word. Make an airplane or a hat.


     Play a board game. Say a word with your sound before you take a turn.


    More Speech Activities for Home:


    1. If your child is working on a specific sound, help him/her to become aware of that sound by pointing out things in the environment that contain the sound. You can do this in a number of ways:


    a. Go on a “Sound Walk”. Hunt for things in or outside of the house that have the child’s speech sound.


    b. Look through magazines for pictures or words that have his speech sound.


    c. When driving, look for things with the child’s sound.


    d. Play a 20 Questions. Think of a word or object that has the child’s speech sound. Have the child ask questions to figure out what the object is. If that is too difficult, give the child clues and have him guess.


    2. Once your child can say the sound correctly in words, have him practice saying some of those words for you. When that becomes easy, have him say them in sentences.


    a. Spelling Search - Have the child search his spelling list for words that have his sound in. Say them aloud.


    b. Silly Sentences - See who can make up the silliest sentence using one of your child’s speech words.


    c. Challenge Sentences - See who can make up the sentence using the most words containing the speech sound.


    d. Tongue Twisters - Do you know a tongue twister that has your child’s speech sound? Can you and your child make some up?


    3. When your child is able to say his/her speech sound in words and sentences, have him begin to practice reading aloud using his/her sound correctly. For beginning readers, have him read from his reading book or story books he enjoys. Try using poems, the Sunday Funnies, Comic Books, cereal boxes, signs, TV guide, video or board game instructions, anything your child enjoys reading. (This will help improve reading skills too!)


    4. Begin to encourage your child to use the sound correctly for short periods of time during the day. This is called “carryover”. Can your child carryover good speech every time he/she says his sister’s name? his/her pet’s name? his/her favorite food?


    5. Once your child is able to use good speech for longer periods of time, try these conversational activities.


    a. Make a phone call using good speech.


    b. Use good speech all during supper.