This handout package is meant as a guide to assist you in helping your child achieve success in producing sounds that will improve how well his/her speech is understood.
When helping children to learn to use sounds it is important to try to focus on thinking and listening tasks half of the time and talking tasks half of the time.
The listening skills handout is an example of a listening task. You can also help your child to sort these words into 2 containers by listening to you say the word or you can label a picture and ask your child to tell you if you said it correctly or not. Listening for the targeted sound during story time is another way to build your child’s awareness of the targeted sound.
The handout for helpful suggestions provides you with some ideas for encouraging your child to say the sounds. When practicing, if your child makes an error you can recast (say back the word but using the correct pronunciation) to help your child learn to say the sound from your model. For example, if your child says “I like his punny pace”, you say, “I like his funny face too! It’s a really funny face. Do you know what we call the guy with the funny face?”
It is more helpful to practice for shorter amounts of time (e.g.: 5 – 10 minutes) two to three times a day. Pick words that are most relevant to you and your child to practice.
These are general guidelines, if you have any questions or would like more information, contact an SLP at RMCDC.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE ‘F’ SOUND
Here are some activities you can do with your child at home. Sound focused activities such as these will help your child to hear the correct sound many times and will create opportunities to practice that specific sound. You can use the general strategies for encouraging speech sounds while you complete these activities.
Talk about fish and going fishing. Have you ever been fishing? What would you take with you on a fishing trip? Where can you catch fish?
Cut out paper fish and then make a small fishing rod with a pole, sting and a magnet on the end. Put paper clips on the fish so you can catch them. Who can catch the most fish? Who can catch the biggest fish? Who can catch the first fish? Who can catch the fattest fish?
Have fish and French fries for lunch or supper. Let your child help you make the meal and talk about the fish or fries while you are doing so. Where did the fish come from?
Take a good look at your feet. Talk about what you can do with your feet (e.g. walk, stand, wiggle your toes, etc.). Who has the biggest feet? Smallest feet? Funniest feet? How many toes are on each foot? (Five!) Trace your feet on a piece of paper and then cut them out. You can make a footpath to follow with all your footprints. If you go outside, you can make foot prints in the dirt (shoes on or off?). Who can make the best footprints?
Look in a photo album at pictures of the people in your family. How big is your family? Who are the oldest people in the family? Who are the youngest people? Who else is a part of the family? Do you go on a family vacation? Do you have family friends?
Take some time to talk about things that are fast. You could look in a magazine or catalogue and cut out pictures of things that are fast: motorcycles, cars, trucks, airplanes. Glue the pictures onto a piece of paper and hang it on the fridge. Are there any animals that are fast? (Cheetah, rabbit, antelope). Are fish fast? What about elephants?
Everyone likes food. At mealtimes you can talk about the food you are eating. What kinds of food do you eat for breakfast, lunch or supper? You could make a picture of favorite foods. Do you like to eat fruit, French fries, with fork?
Books for the ‘F’ Sound
The following books are good to practice listening for, and saying, the /f/ sound. Take your child to the public library to look for these, and see if you can find some others together.
– The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister
– One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish – Dr. Seuss
– The Foot Book – Dr. Seuss
– The Falling Leaves – Steve Metzger
– Stella Fairy of the Forest – Mary-Louise Gay
– Make a Face – Henry & Amy Schwartz
– Old MacDonald Had a Farm