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
ACTIVITIES FOR THE ‘G’ 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.
GOOD G GAMES
Play Go, Go, Stop with your child, taking turns being the person who calls out the actions and doing the actions. Duck, duck, goose is a fun game to play with more than 3 people. Ready, set go is a great way to start a lot of activities such as chase, cars, going down the slide, etc.
Play GO FISH with your “g” word pictures or your own cards.
If you have an outdoor or indoor garden, encourage your child to dig, and play in the garden with you. If you don’t, you can look at the gardens in the nearby parks or visit a neighbourhood garden and talk about what you see and what is growing in the garden.
Play a guessing game with your child where he/ she guesses what you are thinking about, or looking at or giving clues about. Take turns guessing.
GIRLS AND BOYS
Look at photographs or pictures in books/magazines and talk about who is a girl and who is boy. You can make a scrap book of all the girls and what girls like and any girls you know.
Books for the ‘G’ Sound
The following books are good to practice listening for, and saying, the /g/ sound. Take your child to the public library to look for these, and see if you can find some others together.
– The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Carol Ottolenghi (various authors)
– Going on a Bear Hunt – Micheal Rosen
– Goodnight Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann
– Go Away Big Green Monster – Edward R Emberley
– Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
– Goose on the Loose – Phil Roxbee Cox