Sound Discrimination Ideas for Home Practice
Articulation and speech disorders impact how children produce speech sounds, but it can also result in struggles with distinguishing speech sounds. Sound discrimination is the ability to distinguish or recognize the differences between sounds. Sound discrimination plays a large part in articulation therapy and the production of speech sounds, it is also crucial for language and reading development skills.
To work on sound discrimination with your child at home.
You will need:
A stuffed animal
10(+) toys that start with different sounds (For example- 5 toys starting with the “b” sound and 5 toys starting with the “d” sound)
(Feel free to print out pictures or draw items as well)
How to Play:
Tell them “This is Doug the Doggy. He is very hungry, but he only likes to eat toys that start with the sound ‘D.’ Can you feed Doug all the toys that start with ‘D?’”
If first time, help child by saying the name of the toy.
“This is a Ball, does Ball start with a ‘D’ sound?”
Increase the level of difficulty by:
-Mixing all the sounds in a pile so the child has to say the name of the toy and distinguish the sound themselves
-Putting in 3+ different sounds (i.e., B, D, M)
-Having the stuffed animal only eat toys that end with that sound (beD, reD, etc.)
-Using syllables instead of sounds (The Dog only eats toys that have two syllables-donut, bottle, etc.)
Have fun discriminating sounds!
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!