Playing Speech

by Shannon Sullivan, M.A., C.C.C.

I feel very fortunaShannon Ste to work as a speech pathologist in such an important and rewarding field. The children and families I work with amaze me every day and I am always proud of their progress.

One of my favorite moments as an SLP was when I was consulting in a Kindergarten classroom.  I was observing some of the children at play and noticed one of my articulation kiddos in the dramatic play area.  She was “playing speech” and was instructing her peers how to pronounce the /f/ sound.  She had props such as a mirror, manipulatives, and picture cards.  She also used touch cues to elicit sounds from her peers.  I can still hear her saying, “teeth on lips” and modeling the sound for her friends.  Talk about carryover!

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