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Stage 3- Practising Sounds With A Vowel

Stage 3 is for practising blending sounds with a vowel (e.g. s + ee = ‘see’). A therapist will tell you which target sounds to practise and whether to practise blending before or after a vowel. Model the sounds for your child to copy. As they become more confident with the activity they may be able to have a go without a model.

If your child finds it difficult to blend the sounds together, try leaving a gap between the target sound and the vowel sound (e.g. ‘m…arhh’ or ‘eee…d’). Gradually reduce the gap between the target sound and the vowel (e.g. ‘m…’ to ‘’ then ‘mee’). Praise every attempt. If your child produces the sounds correctly, tell them. If they make a mistake, praise them for ‘having a good try’. Find times of day when your child is most responsive to practising and work within their attention span.

    • Turn taking games - Play any turn taking game (e.g. pop-up pirate, snakes and ladders, monkey tree). Before you have a turn, try to make the sound with a vowel.


    • Ladder game - Draw a ladder and place a vowel sound on each row. Climb the ladder with your finger or a teddy/animal/counter. As you climb, blend the target sound with each vowel.


    • Draw around your hand - Draw around your child’s hand and put the target sound in the middle of the picture (in their palm). Draw or put vowel pictures at the tips of each finger. Use your finger to trace from the target sound in the middle to the vowel sound at the end of each finger.  Blend the sounds together whilst you do this. Then let your child have a go.


    • Fishing - Make a fishing rod with a stick, piece of string and a magnet tied at one end. Lay out the vowel pictures with a paper clip on each. Let your child fish for a vowel picture. Place the target sound picture on the table with the vowel picture next to it. Get your child to blend the sounds together.


    • Skittles - Set up two rows of skittles or empty bottles/cans. Stick a vowel picture on each skittle. Get your child to roll a ball at the skittles and then blend the vowels they have knocked over with their target sound.


    • Hide and seek - Hide the vowel pictures round the room. Ask your child to find one at a time and blend the vowel with their target sound.

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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