As we explain in detail here, we advocate strongly for using complex, ambitious targets for children with speech sound disorders. For example, as soon as a client can produce the target speech sound in words, we like to step-up to working on target words in carrier phrases. Similarly, once a student has had some success producing words with the target sounds in carrier phrases, we like to step-up again to short sentences that include words containing one or more examples of the target sound.
We designed this resource to help speech pathologists, teachers and others who support children with speech sound challenges to work at the sentence level without needing to generate their own sentences each time. This resource contains 440 sentences – at least 20 sentences for each consonant – with target consonants presented in a developmentally appropriate sequence so that they can be used with developmental approaches and Cycles Phonological Remediation approaches. (If you are using a Complexity Approach, we suggest looking at these resources instead.)
This resource is suitable for older preschoolers with good oral language skills, and young school-aged students. Students should not be expected to decode the sentences for themselves. Instead, students should work with an adult to practice repeating the sentences.
As soon as a student succeeds with these sentence-level targets, we suggest stepping up again to randomised practice, including sequenced motor speech practice, and practising the target sound in conversations, recounts, and story-telling activities.