I love it when a client comes in and has just started to produce the speech sounds we've been working on spontaneously. It doesn't happen that often. Instead we end up at the carryover phase-or we end up with clients or students who seem to associate me with good speech. So they do great during structured sessions but have a really hard time transferring these skills to other environments. The super creative Jenn from Crazy Speech World is hosting a linky party for carryover activities. Here are four things I try to work on to facilitate carryover.
1. Build it Up within each session.
In traditional articulation, we achieve 80-95% accuracy at each level before increasing to the phrase, sentence, reading and then carryover level. This is definitely how I write my goals. Sometimes I like to combine articulation with more of a "phonological" activity approach. So if I'm working with a client who is practicing the /s/ sound I would pick out 5 /s/ cards. Initially I will try to make sure that these are phonetically controlled words or single syllable words so that they are easier to produce. We start the session working on the words at the single word level and then increase to the phrase, sentence level. We end with an activity or craft that incorporates our targeted words for the day.
2. Speed Talking
Metronome online. I start having them practice their speech cards or a set of 5 to 10 cards at a lower rate (ex. 80 beats per minute) and then work on increasing their ability to produce at a faster rate.
Stephen Sacks MA, CCC-SLP has a fabulous program called SATPAC which uses nonsense words and phonetically controlled word lists in combination with metronome practice to systematically teach speech articulation.
3. Make it Physical:
Ball-a vis-x. I have a deck of Yoga cards and sometimes we will practice our speech sounds while attempting to maintain a yoga position.
4. Vary the location:
Do you have great ideas for carryover? Head over to Crazy Speech World to link up your ideas: