So this very inspiring conversation with mom had me realize that I need to get away from the traditional "wish, wash, ship, shake" drill words with some students. If these words have no real meaning to the student, they have no motivation for correcting their speech. This motivated me to create a student interest survey (to be filled out by the parent or student depending on age or ability.) Use this survey at the beginning of the year or when you get a new student anytime during the school year. Knowing this information can shape your therapy sessions. Below is a copy of my student interest survey:
Now during my Table Talking Center, I work on "dz" words with her, making sure I include her family members' names in my drill list! I am happy to share that "Miranda" is now correctly producing her "dz" sounds correctly!