Looking for some fun new speech therapy materials to bring into your classroom? Our S Blend tic tac toe game is sure to brighten up your speech therapy sessions! This free articulation activity is full of vibrant pictures, and focuses on S blends (S clusters) sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, and sw. The free speech therapy exercise included here addresses “S” production in the word-initial position as well as the phonological error pattern of Cluster Reduction.
To play S Blend tic tac toe, the student selects the picture on the board where he/she would like to make his/her “X” or “O.” Next, the student names the picture that occupies that spot for the specified number of times you require.
To incorporate a visual cue to help the student remember to include the /s/ sound, explain and model the following: place the index finger of your right hand on the top of your left shoulder. As you say the /s/ sound (prolonging the sound as you move your finger), slide your index finger down the length of your arm until you reach your wrist. Stop your finger and end the /s/ production, pause briefly, and then tap the back of the left hand once for the rest of the word as you say it. For example: the word “stop” would sound like this: “SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS (as your index finger slides down your arm from shoulder to wrist) SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ^ (^ = pause), (tap the back of the hand and say…) “TOP.”
This speech activity can also be used for language therapy (e.g., pronouns, complete sentences, question asking/answering, vocabulary). An example of how: have your student use the skills you’ve worked on to create a sentence or question (based on the student’s IEP goals) and if the sentence/question is grammatically correct, the student can put his/her “X” or “O” on that item.
As with traditional tic tac toe, each player takes a turn, and whoever gets 3 “X’s” or “O’s” in a row: across, horizontally, or diagonally is the winner!
We hope you enjoy this speech therapy game, as well as the other speech therapy materials we have available as free downloads!
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