Thursday: Supporting Literacy During Articulation Therapy

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Good morning! Today's post is by Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News! I am always looking for ways to spice up my articulation sessions... and the more literacy the better, right? 

I love incorporating literacy into my speech and language sessions. For me, incorporating literacy with language goals is pretty easy. Many language goals overlap (comprehension, vocabulary, inferencing, etc.) I find I have to make more of an effort to embed literacy strategies with my articulation students. If you’re just grabbing the iPad or artic cards, your students are likely relying on the picture. Here are 3 easy ways to make sure you’re highlighting literacy skills during articulation treatment.

 Print the Fry 100 lists.  ( Grab a set of highlighters. Have the children read the Fry lists and when they find a word with their target sound, have them highlight the word and use it in a sentence!

2.      Use Reader’s Theater Scripts. This is great for encouraging reading fluency and you can pick a script that will emphasize your sounds for carryover! Check out these freebies. ( The picture above shows part of the script for ‘What Shoes did you Choose?’ I have used it for the students working on /sh/.

3.      Environmental Print is a way to use literacy during articulation treatment with your younger students. What 4 year old isn’t proud when they ‘read’ the McDonalds sign? Take your Kindergarten students on a walk around the school searching for signs with their sounds. If you can visit another classroom you are sure to find some other environmental print! Bring in some old magazines and use those to search for ads with familiar signs. I found this great freebie book ( . It includes EP for each letter of the alphabet and is easily translated to ‘sounds’.

This week as you are working with articulation students, take the time to incorporate literacy strategies in your sessions.

Jenna Rayburn, M.A., CCC-SLP is a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist who works in a clinic and school. She authors Speech Room News ( where she shares what she’s doing in her Speech Room.  Find her on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Pinterest. (


  1. Great simple ideas on ways to incorporate literacy into artic therapy! Great resources! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Such awesome ideas. I have some of my kids read the sentences for their targeted sound from the super duper jumbo artic book.


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