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Stage 5- Practising Sounds In Sentences

Stage 5 is for practising using the speech sounds in sentences. A therapist will tell you which target sounds to practise and whether to practise at the beginning, in middle or at the ends of words.

Take turns with your child. When it’s your turn, occasionally say the wrong sound in the word and see if your child notices. This increases your child’s awareness of the sounds in words.

Give useful feedback about your child’s efforts: If your child produces the word accurately, praise them. If they make a mistake you could say, ‘I heard X, can you try that one again?’ If they are finding it difficult, praise them for having a ‘good try’.

Your child will need reminders to help them to use their new speech skills in everyday talking. You won't be able to remind them every time they make a mistake, so choose times of day when your child can practise their new speech skills for up to 5 minutes. Explain that you will be listening to their talking and encourage them to use their new sounds. At the end, give them plenty of praise. Gradually, increase the number of times or length of time that this happens. This can help your child to remember their sounds more often.

    • Silly sentences - Choose some pictures and put them together to make a ‘silly’ sentence. You could swap the pictures to change the meaning of the sentence. You could put a counter or brick on each picture – your child wins the counter if they say the word accurately, and the other person wins the counter if they get the word wrong.


    • Think of a sentence - Play a game where you have to ‘win’ a picture and make up a sentence using the word in the picture. You can use the games that were recommended for earlier stages of therapy.


    • Memory games - Play ‘I went shopping and bought …’ (using the words that your child has been practising). One person starts by adding a word to the sentence. The next person has to repeat the sentence and add another item. Keep going until the list is too long to remember! Having the pictures on the table can be a useful way to remember the words in the sentence. Take turns to pick up 2 - 4 pictures and make a silly story using the words. 


    • Musical pictures - Lay some pictures face down on the floor. Play some music for your child to dance to. When the music stops, they have to jump on a picture, turn it over and say a sentence using the word.


    • Songs and rhymes - Saying songs and rhymes that contain the sound(s) that your child has been learning are a good way of practising.


    • Story books - Using books that contain words with the sound(s) that your child has been learning is another good way of practising. Once your child is familiar with the story, they can say the phrases/sentences that contain the word(s) that they need to practise.



  • 1. Start by practising the words in a simple repetitive phrase/sentence.

    2. Use 2-word phrases, e.g. big …little …more …funny …noisy…smelly …good …old …new …heavy …eat.

    3. Practise in short sentences, e.g. I can see ….I want a ….I want a big/little/old/new ….Can I have.… I/Mummy/Santa/Superman bought a …. I like/don’t like the…. Where is my …. Put … on the …. Can you eat a …

    4. As your child makes progress, increase the number of target words in each sentence.

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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