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Stage 2- Practising Single Sounds

This 2nd stage is for practising sounds on their own (not in words). A therapist will let you know which target sounds to practice. Remember to say the sound only, not the letter name, e.g. ‘s’ not ‘suh’ or ‘ess’.

Take turns with your child. When it’s your turn, occasionally say the wrong sound. This helps your child to recognise the sounds and it increases their awareness of the sound. Praise every attempt. If your child produces the right sound, tell them. If they make a mistake, praise them for having a ‘good try’. Find times of the day when your child is most responsive to practising. Keep practice sessions fun and work within your child’s attention span. Aim to practice regularly (little and often is best).

    • Turn taking games - Use games that you have at home (e.g. pop up pirate, monkey tree, snakes & ladders, jigsaws). Have a pile of sound pictures face down. Before having a turn in the game, pick a sound picture and say the sound.


    • Roll the dice - Roll a dice and repeat the sound for the number of times shown on the dice.


    • Posting boxes - Have a post box (you could make one from a cereal box). Say the sound before posting the sound picture into the box.


    • Run to the sound - Put the sound pictures around the room. Your child runs/hops/walks/skips to the picture and says the sound. 


    • Fishing game - use a magnetic fishing game. Stick a sound picture on each fish (with blu tac or a paperclip) and put them face down. If you catch a fish, say the sound on it. If you say it accurately, you can keep the fish, if not the other person gets it (or it goes back into the sea/pond). 


    • Cars - Put out some sound pictures. Roll a toy car to a picture and say the sound on the picture. You can also do this game with other toys (e.g. throwing a ball or beanbag). 


    • Towers - If you are practising more than one sound, put a brick/cube next to each sound. Put the other sound pictures in a pile. Take turns to pick a picture, say the sound and add a brick/cube to the right tower.


    • Climb the ladder - Draw one ladder for each sound. Move a counter up the ladder each time the sound is produced


    • Threading beads - If you are practising more than one sound, have a ‘snake’ for each sound, and a set of sound pictures. Take turns to turn over a picture, say the sound and thread the bead onto the right snake.

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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