Download New Speech Handouts!


I wanted to let you all know that I’ve added two new PDFs to the worksheets page to download for free! First, I’ve updated the Speech Sound Development chart that was created based on the speech sound norms from the Goldman Fristoe 2. Speech Sound Development charts are often used as a guide in determining whether a child’s sound acquisitions are developmentally appropriate or delayed. For more information on speech sound norms you may be interested in my post, “When are Speech Sounds Developed.”

I have also added a PDF of the Process of Articulation Therapy pinwheel which includes an outline explaining this process. This is a great handout for SLPs to share with parents, teachers or other professionals. You may find more information on this process in my post, “The Process of Articulation Therapy.”

You can click the active links in this post to download these PDFs or you can download them from the worksheets page. Click the “Misc. Articulation Forms” bar on the worksheets page to download the Process of Articulation Therapy PDF. I hope you will enjoy these downloads and find them useful. Thanks for reading, enjoy!


30 Responses to “Download New Speech Handouts!”

  1. I just found your blog and love it! I have an almost five year old who has Down syndrome, and your posts are so informative and exactly what I am looking for as a parent. I work daily with her and sit in every speech therapy session. Currently, I am trying to tackle articulation with some help from the ST but a lot on my own. I feel I have to do so much because three one hour sessions a month are not going to move mountains in her speech…working with her daily will. So, thank you thank you thank you for this valuable information. I love forward to following your blog now and all the valuable knowledge and expertise you have to share!

  2. Lj says:

    Just discovered your site and this is wonderful! Our daughter is 2 and a half (2 years and 8 months) and the first sound her speech therapist wants her to work on is “h”. She can make the sound in isolation but not at the beginning of words. Is there a spot on your websit where you give advice for working on initial “h” sounds? Thank you.

    • Heidi says:

      While I don’t currently have any posts on how to teach the /h/ sound on my site I would recommend reading, “The Process of Articulation Therapy” for tips on how to move sounds from isolation to conversation since your daughter can already say the sound in isolation.

      If your daughter has a severe expressive language delay and if for any reason apraxia of speech might be suspected then you will want to take a different approach to therapy. Ask your speech pathologist to guide you through focusing on the speech movements rather than the sounds. Best of luck!

      Heidi

  3. Tammie says:

    I just found your site. It is a God send. I have a 9 year son with ADHD that is still having trouble pronouncing beginning L sounds. If the word ends in L he pronounces it just fine. He has speech therapy at school but, Im not sure how much its helping. I work with him at home. Im not sure if I should look into private therapy. The therapist at school told me that he is TOO old not to be pronouncing the L sound correctly. I told her that Im sure if he could pronounce the sound correctly he would. I feel so bad for him. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Heidi says:

      Hi Tammie,

      You’re smart to look for ways to supplement the therapy he is getting at school. If you can afford private therapy to supplement that would be a really good option. You can also read my post, “How to Teach the L Sound” for some tips on how to help him at home. You can use the /l/ worksheets on my worksheets page for home practice or if you have an iPad I would recommend downloading the /l/ sound program on Articulation Station. It also has tips on how to teach the sound. The record and playback feature on Articulation Station can also help teach your son to self monitor when he is and isn’t saying the sound correctly. Learning to self monitor really speeds up the process of mastering a sound. The interactivity of the application also makes practicing speech a lot more fun and that can make all the difference. Hopefully this gives you some ideas of where to start.

      Wishing you best,
      Heidi

  4. Megan says:

    Heidi,

    I knew when my little boy was 2 that he was having trouble changing his sounds to words. By 3 I took him to have him tested at school and sure enough his expressive speech was severely delayed. At this point, I was doing everything I could think of to help my little boy speak. I came across your website, and just want to express my thanks. I had no idea the depth of speech development. Your clear, detailed blog is such a help to my understanding. I have downloaded your speech development chart and have begun downloading those wonderful sheets with the initial, medial, and final sound pictures. These are great!!! Our little boy is enrolled in a development pre-school and is making huge leaps in his speech. He recently told me, I love you without any prompting, and I have waited so long to hear those words!! Anyway, I feel a sense of relief that I have found a site that explains this whole speech thing to me…and that we have some direction on where to go from here. I once took for granted how easy speech was for my other child!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks for sharing your story with us Megan! I’m so happy you have been able to find some helpful information and worksheets on my site. Good luck with therapy! It sounds like your son has already made huge progress.

  5. Kelly says:

    Dear MommySpeechTherapy,
    As a recent graduate and new SLP to our field, I want to THANK YOU for sharing these wonderful resources! These download, ideas, worksheets, games, etc. are great ideas and resources for me as I begin my career. Thank you for sharing and for what you do!
    -Kelly

  6. Lisette says:

    I love your website! There is a waiting list to get Speech Therapy from my son’s school. My son is in Grade three and your website has helped me in so many ways in getting his articulation and doing the therapy at home. I have recommended your website from my son’s school and the school love your website as well. In Canada, Speech Therapy is very expensive and having you is like heaven.

    Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness in sharing your ideas and resources to help each family with kids needs ST.

  7. Candice says:

    I found your website not to long ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT! Currently I am an SLP-A in home health and your provided worksheets have saved me multiple hours in preparing for sessions. I love how each phoneme is seperated IMF with picture lay overs. I have been able to print my own copies to travel with me from home to home plus give each patient a copy for their “speech notebook” that stays at home to review with the parent for days I do not make visits and for extra practice. I love the pictures. My supervisor has purchased Boardmaker and has had it for many years but as a recent graduate with my undergraduate the funds to purchase an expensive program like that is harder to do. Your worksheets have provided myself, my supervisor, and most importantly my PATIENTS with fabulous learning/ practice material. Thanks again. P.S. ARTICULATION STATION is my favorite app on my entire I pad

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you Candice for the kind words! I am so glad the worksheets have been helpful and that you are enjoying Articulation Station as well.

      All the best!
      Heidi

  8. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful worksheets! My almost 6 year old still has a little trouble mixing up her D’s and G’s and I’m going to start using these worksheets this summer in full force to help her out a little before she starts Kindergarten this fall. :)

  9. Ololade Nnamani says:

    Awesome ! you really simplified all what speech therapy is all about . you have really helped me to take my career to another level. please i want you to dwell on speech therapy program for children with autism. I am a licensed speech therapist from NIGERIA . Wish to work with you

  10. Rachel says:

    I love Articulation Station and use it daily with my caseload! I have to admit, I even use the recording option for my fluency kiddos. :) Thank you for a great resource!

  11. RAVI RANJAN says:

    sir/mam ,
    I m 4m Patna , India , I have 5 yrs old son , last year he was suffering 4m jaundice , after recovering 4m jaundice his voice become very week , he is starts stammering . before jaundice he was very well , no problem at all .

    will you please guide me what should I do( for best) for his cure .

    with regards
    Mrs. & Mr. Ravi Ranjan
    Gardanibagh , End of Road No-21, Bhikhachak , Post-Anisabad , Patna -800002 , Bihar , India , Mobile- 91+9835244553 /9334244553

    • Heidi says:

      Hello Mr. and Mrs. Ranjan,

      I am sorry to hear about your son having jaundice. I have never heard of this affecting ones speech before. Did you talk to his doctor about your concerns? Your doctor should be able to refer you to a speech therapist in your area that can help with your son’s speech. In the meantime, you will want to make sure that you slow down your speech when talking with your son. Often times just slowing and stretching out our own speech will help when young children are stuttering because they automatically slow down their speech once they hear ours slow. Also, make sure you get down on his level and let him know you are listening and he has plenty of time to tell you what he wants to tell you. If he stutters while talking to you it is good to let him get through it and then repeat back what he said in a nice smooth voice. “Oh, you rode your bike outside? Cool!” Or something like that. I know when you hear your child start to stutter it can be a scary thing. Many kids go through a stuttering phase around this age because their language skills are progressing at such a rapid rate. But it is always a good idea to get them evaluated by a speech therapist so they can tell you if it is a common type of stuttering or something more serious.

      Good luck to you and your family.

  12. Indu says:

    Hi Heidi

    I have been reading your articles for some time now. I have a 4 and a half year old who is quite a quicl learner and has amazing creativity . However his teachers and child care help keeps complaining that he does not respond to their queries .

    I do not have a problem at home because he answers almost 70-80 % of my queries . However if I ask him something like “what did you do at school? ” sometimes he doesnt reply back .

    His lack of speech keeps me worried because I do not know what is happening when I am not around . Also am bogged down by his teachers request “to get him evaluated”. This really irritates me because its they who have a problem and not me .

    However I would really like him to socialize more and talk more openly

    What could I possibly do to make him talk more , describe things and socialize more ?

    Please suggest …

    Thanks
    Indu

    • Heidi says:

      Hi Indu,

      Let me start by assuring you that there is no shame in having your child evaluated. If they are offering to evaluate him to see if he might qualify for some help from the speech therapist that is a good thing. You may find out that he is right on track and does not qualify for any additional help and that will set everyone’s mind at ease. However, if he did end up qualifying for speech therapy you would have a knowledgable speech therapist there to help you do whatever needs to be done to help him communicate and socialize more. It is a win-win. In the meantime, reading to him and stopping to ask questions and talk about what is going on in the story is a great way to develop language. It is fun for both the parent and the child and enriches their vocabulary at the same time. Another idea is to always provide a great language model whenever possible. Even if he is in the kitchen with you while you are making dinner you can talk about everything you are doing. For example, “Now I am going to stir the soup so it doesn’t get too hot and burn” Almost narrating what you are doing and then you can ask questions about what he is doing.

      Hope this helps!

  13. Neha says:

    Hello Heidi,

    We live in small town. Feels great i found your website and its extremely helpful in doing the stuff at home. My son has just turned 5 , he was not speaking a word till he was 3.5 ,after all the diagnosis we got to know he has pdd nos and so his Speech therapy and ABA therapy was started at 4,its a year now and he has come to sentences like “can i turn on tv ” may i go out” but still he struggles to talk outside.L,P,K as starting words need to be polished. Apart from that he fasten his speech and slows it so low that he hardly can be heard. I tell him to talk louder ,slow and clear but he kind of murmurs. He just started his Kindergarten,at school speech pathologist spoke to me where she says she will be taking care by putting him in pull out program for speech therapy. He also struggle with words like Next .. nasal words .. How can i help him at home to connect words nd talk more as he have words but he does not use them much and feels less confident outside.

    Thanks a lot !
    Neha

    • April says:

      Hi Neha,
      Sorry for the delay in response. First, it is great that you have had your son start working with a speech therapist to address his communication needs. We are big advocates of getting children the help they need, and the earlier, the better. We also commend you in taking an active role to carryover and support him at home. Talk to his speech therapist at school and find out what types of things she is doing with him in therapy and ask what you can do at home to carry that over. Consistency and repetitiveness can be helpful with students that have the type of diagnosis that your son has. Also, make sure you communicate with your speech therapist about certain routines, commonly used words and other functional language “scripts” that are important for your son at home, whether that be asking or requesting for certain objects at dinner time, or being able to play a game with siblings friends, etc. The therapist can use this information to integrate into her therapy so that it’s effective for your son.
      In the meantime there are some general things you can do to help encourage his language and speech development. It may seem like common sense, but talking to your child and exposing them to language is very important. Talk when you’re in the car, talk when you’re at the grocery store, talk while you’re making dinner, sing songs etc. That exposure to language will help in encouraging your child’s expressive language. Reading to your child is also very important. You don’t have to finish a whole book, but look for age-appropriate board or picture books that encourage your child to look at the book while you name the pictures. You can ask questions while you read like asking your child “what will happen next?” Reading will help create a language rich environment in your home. Finally, As you’re doing activities with your child, talk about what you’re doing as you do it and “think” out loud asking and answering your own questions “Where does this piece go?” “Oh, it goes right here.” This type of modeling will help show demonstrate to your child how to ask and answer questions. Good luck and I wish you the best! – See more at: http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/?p=754#sthash.0UYKobuY.dpuf

  14. Maggie de klerk says:

    Heidi
    I just want to compliment you on your web page.
    I am a gran and retired teacher from South Africa. My grand child is turning 1 year. We read a lot of books and rhymes to her. You say start as early as possible. She says mamma papa baba. She can thus form and pronounce the m / b / p sounds. Our home language is Afrikaans, thus I will have to form my own syllables. Will it be correct if I make my own syllables with the m sound in beginning/ middle/end. And read it to her. Or is she still to young. Or could I paste a whole page with pictures, with m sounds, and read it to her. Although she won’t be able to pronounce the words from the pictures herself. Would it help her language develop faster, or be a waste of time. Should I just keep on reading to her. And If I could do the m/ b sounds with her, could I start teaching her other sounds as well? Sounds according to the sound Development norms. Thanks Maggie

    • April says:

      Hi Maggie,
      Sorry for the delay in response. It sounds like you are a very involved grandmother, which is great! We do advocate starting as early as possible, and reading, singing, and reciting rhymes and poems to young children is an excellent way to not only jumpstart a child’s receptive and expressive language capabilities, but it exposes them to literature as well and that can be an important foundation for reading readiness. I think it’s great that you are thinking of ideas to create your own pictures and pages of syllables that are commonly used in your language. Keep in mind that she is still young so she might not be able to say all of them right away, but the exposure is very important and the more exposure you give her to good language models the more she will pick up on it the older she gets. Keep reading to her, keep engaging with her, and definitely continue to expose her to different sounds, words, and stories. Good luck!

  15. Sheryl Marks says:

    Hi, I am a speech therapist interested to know your TOP 5 favorite APPS for articulation and language? Thanks so much!

    • April says:

      Hi Sheryl,
      Sorry for the delay in response. This is a tough question because there are so many great apps out there and new ones are being released all the time. Of course, we love our Articulation Station app for articulation and speech because we feel it’s so versatile and that you can really individualize it to any student’s goals or needs with the customs list feature. Heidi did write an article last February recommending her top apps for early intervention. You can find that article here: http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2013/130201/App-titude–Top-Apps-for-Tots.htm
      Other language apps that we’ve used in our therapy and have really enjoyed are: Bitsboard, Talk About It: Objects! Sentence Workout, Rainbow Sentences, ABA Flashcards by Kindergarten.com, and Conversation Builder. We actually try as many as we can, and that’s only a few of the many fine apps out there. It’s always a good idea to read the comments that people leave about an app before you purchase it. A lot of times you can find out really pertinent information that can help you make a decision if you want to spend the money or not.

  16. Lindsey Hibbard says:

    Hi, I teach adult ESL students, and have found your worksheets very helpful in teaching them to pronounce sounds in English. The pictures along with the words help them learn new vocabulary also. I know this wasn’t your original intention for creating these, but they are great for my purposes also :)

  17. Amy says:

    Hi Heidi – I have a son 4 yrs old with ADHD and a speech articulation delay. I’ve asked his ESU SLP what sound(s) I should work with him on at home & for the past year, they keep telling me L. I am confused by this as I see that L’s are not developmental until age 6. I love your site, glad I found it, & I’m going to do the articulation test with him. Am I spinning my wheels working on the L sound? I keeping thinking, there must be some other sound we could work on since he qualified for speech services at 3. He has not gotten any better at the L sound in the past year either. I wonder also if the problem maybe the experience of our SLP & that we need to get outside help. Any advice you could give me would be great! Thanks!

    • April says:

      Hi Amy,
      Sorry for the delay in response. The tricky thing about when certain speech sounds become developmental is that there is a lot of different normative studies available that speech therapist use for determining when they are going to work on a sound. The norms that we have cited on our post about when speech sounds are developed has L listed as being developmental at age 5. If you feel that your 4 year old child is not ready to work on L yet, you can bring this up with your speech therapist. It’s important for you to be an advocate for your child, especially if you feel that he is not making progress. You will also want to know if L is being targeted in therapy due to the therapist using a phonological approach or if a traditional articulation approach is being used. There are many other sounds that can be worked on at age 4, depending on what sounds your son is misarticulating. Good luck, and let us know if you have any other questions. We’ve been working on new apps which caused the delay in answering questions on the blog, but we will work on being more timely with our responses :)

  18. Amy says:

    Heidi, Hi! – My post with question got deleted somehow. My 4 yr old son is currently working with the ESU for speech & has been since 3 1/2. He has been working on the letter L for the past yr & is not getting any better at L’s or speech in general. After reading the articulation development charts, I noticed L is not developmental until around 6 or even 7, which makes sense because I have another son, who is 7, who is also working on the letter L. Our 4 yr old son’s therapist (not thru the ESU) told us the services we are getting now are not in his words “professional”. He said our son’s ADHD would not be as severe as it is if our son would have had speech by the age of 2. Are we spinning our wheels working on the letter L? Should we be looking for help outside the ESU? The ESU tells us they are right on track & that our son will develop his articulation in time. We are getting 2 totally different stories & as an independent SLP, I would love to know your opinion.

    • April says:

      Hi Amy,
      I hope you saw my response to your first post. It’s hard for me to determine if the services your 4 year old is receiving are “professional” or not, when I’m not familiar with them. However, I will tell you that if you are not happy with the progress being made or what the therapy is targeting then that’s a conversation you should really have with the speech therapist at ESU. Speech pathologists are providing a service to you as a parent, and if you are not happy with that service then the both of you should work together to make that therapy time effective and meaningful to both you, as a parent, and to your child. I mentioned in my answer to your first post that the speech norms that speech therapists use in their therapy do vary slightly from study to study. Though there are popular and widely-used norms for speech sound development, there are no universal norms, and every child should be considered in therapy on an individual basis. With that fact in mind, any speech therapist should be able to explain to a parent their methodology to why they are targeting certain sounds, and what their therapy approach looks like. It should make sense to you as a parent. Good luck! I hope that this clarifies my above answer.

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