Sometimes when working with young children on the production of speech sounds, it is helpful to provide the little one’s with a fun label, or name, for the sound(s) you are teaching. Providing a visual cue to go along with the label is also very helpful, to provide multisensory instruction.
Several years ago I asked some fellow SLPs what names they used for the different speech sounds and I used some of their ideas along with my own to compile a list of fun names for all the speech sounds. You will notice that the names of the speech sounds/phonemes relate to the way they sound or the way our mouths look while producing the sound. For example, the /s/ is the snake sound because a snake’s hiss can sound like the “sssssssssss,” the /b/ is the bouncing sound because the lips bounce off one another when making the sound, and so on.
Though these speech sound names are helpful for SLPs to use in articulation therapy, they can also be helpful for parents when trying to help teach your child how to say a say a sound or when working on teaching your child phonemic awareness skills.
I also wanted to provide my little ones with a visual cue to go along with the names. So I used pictures from Boardmaker to pair up with each speech sound name, and I printed them all out and created my speech quilt.
Each speech sound has a name and corresponding picture, and I mounted each sound on its own paper and laced them all together. I then hung the whole “quilt” Up on the room of my classroom. I also printed out each “patch” of my quilt on 3×5 cards that I can use in my therapy sessions to visually prompt my students. My little ones LOVE my “speech quilt” and I am asked all the time to read through all the sounds with them.
Here is the list I accumulated:
Feel free to use the “speech sound names” while working with your child, clients, or students! You can print out the above list of names HERE (also available in the FREEBIE section).