On the 2nd day of posting this Speech Lady gave to me, some tools that help speech sounds.
Speech Buddies is a set of tools designed to target the five most difficult speech sounds R, S, SH, CH, L. The tools are designed to teach proper tongue placement through the method of tactile bio-feedback.
I tried all of them on myself first so that I would know how to use them properly with my students. Each specific sound tool has detailed instructions on proper placement and method in which to achieve each sound. Below is a table provided in the pamphlet, but each tool has more detailed written descriptions on how to use them.
Fortunately for me and unfortunately for my review, I do not have any children working on the /r/. I work with pre-school aged children so /r/ goals are few and far between. That being said I used the /r/ tool on myself as if I turned my /r/ to a /w/ and was able to understand and appreciate all this tool can do for that pesky sound.
I was pleasantly surprised at how effective these tools really are. That tactile reinforcement that you get from using these is so beneficial, especially for my preschoolers. My preschoolers tend to have difficulty and lack the attention that is required to listen to me describe and watch how to appropriately achieve placement for these sounds. They are enthralled with these tools. I don't blame them, because finally they have success with a sound they're working on!
Another great resource from Articulate Technologies is the Speech Buddy Blog. They've got some great articles and information for SLPs and parents.
If you are still skeptical about these tools, here is the research that Articulate Technologies provides on their website.
I'm really excited to continue using these tools and they have become quite a hit in our speech office. I have a lot of materials that I've collected over my short time as an SLP and these are by far the items I get asked the most for. Do any of you use Speech Buddies? Which one have you had the most success using?
Thanks Articulate Technologies!