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Five Familiar Games for Sneaky Speech Therapy

#4: Tongue Twisters


You know, it's the one where you:

Say super strenuous sentences stuffed with silly speech sounds.

Like this:

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

Sneakily strengthens:

  • Articulation
  • Speech speed
  • Sense of humor

Five ways to tweak it:

  1. To target articulation, select tongue twisters featuring phonemes that are particularly difficult for your child; ask his or her speech therapist for suggestions, or check the IEP.
  2. To bolster confidence, select tongue twisters featuring phonemes your child is particularly good at ... or you're particularly bad at.
  3. To make a game of it, print out a bunch of tongue twisters, cut them into individual strips, put the strips in a basket, have each player draw one, and award points based on how few repetitions are needed to master it.
  4. To work on speed, add a stopwatch to the game and make the player who can recite the twister correctly in the shortest time the winner of each round.
  5. To motivate your child, use tongue twisters as "Get Out of Time-Out Free" cards; if your child can recite one correctly, he's sprung.

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#3: Twenty Questions
#5: Silly Songs

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