Stage 5 - Error Detection
Find a selection of objects (toys, household items etc.) or pictures beginning with a range of sounds (e.g. soap, pen, book, fork, cup, dog etc.).
Tell your child that they are going to be your teacher for a little while, and that they need to listen carefully to how you say a word. They need to tell you if you are saying it right or a bit funny!
Draw a happy and a sad face. When your child hears you say the word correctly, encourage them to put the picture or object by the happy face. If your child hears you say the word incorrectly, encourage them to place it by the sad face.
Begin by missing off the first sound completely (e.g. say ‘ook’ for book). Once your child is able to identify when you have done this, begin to change the first sound for a different sound (e.g. ‘cook’ or ‘took’ for book). Remember to say the word correctly sometimes!
Once your child has identified that you’ve said a word incorrectly, correct yourself (e.g. “silly me. It’s
book, not cook”). Place a slight emphasis on the altered sound.
Play the same game as above, but this time miss off the last sound of a word (e.g. “lea” for leaf or
“boa” for boat).
When your child is able to do that, change the last sound (e.g. “leat” or “boaf”).
It is great if others get involved too, such as brothers and sisters or friends. Always remember to give your child lots of encouragement, and have fun!
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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