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Speech Auditory discrimination of pairs of sounds  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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To be able to hear the difference/be aware of the difference between two sounds. A child may be substituting one sound for another when they are speaking - for example saying "tand" instead of "sand". In some cases, they may also not be aware that these two sounds are different when they hear them. These activities are for building up awareness of the difference between two sounds that a child may be confusing.

Phonology/Articulation:Consonants
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Bean bowls

4 bowls

beans

2 pictures for one pair of words - one picture to go with the right way of saying the word (e.g. "sandwich") and one go with the alien way of saying it (e.g. "jhandwich") - or whatever the child is saying instead of "s" - if you are working on awareness of "s" at the beginnings of words. With the picture for the alien way of saying the word, have a picture of an alien on it.

Put a picture in each bowl. Give the child some beans and keep some yourself.

Tell the child which of his bowls to throw a bean into by saying the word on the picture - either the right way or the "alien" way.

Put a bean into the correct bowl in your set.

Check and see if he put it in the right bowl. At the end, if he has the same number of beans in each bowl as you do, he wins.

You could also take it in turns to say which bowl to throw the beans into, or you could play with another child/children.

Work on one sound that the child is having difficulty for example "s".

See: lists of words ordered by initial sound; lists of words ordered by the sound starting the second syllable.

Lotto game

Lotto boards (4 pictures to a board). Use pairs of words - each pair consisting of the right way of saying the word and the alien way of saying it, but do not put both words of a pair on the same board)

Corresponding picture cards to go on the lotto board.

Work on one sound that the child is having difficulty for example "s".

See: lists of words ordered by initial soundlists of words ordered by the sound starting the second syllable.

Dragon's Treasure

Use the lotto boards and picture cards described in activity 2.

'precious' objects e.g. cup, casket etc

Blu-tack/ sticky tape

timer

Have the children take turns being the dragon and the 'helper' (or 'hobbit' if they are familiar with the story).

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