Speech Learning Center



*This is a Learning Center that focuses on both Speechreading and Auditory Discrimination. Students practice skills in a game setting. Several skills can be worked on according to needs of individual students.

*Materials:

*Game board (Make from Poster Board and small squares of paper)

*Show Board with four pockets (Show Board can be bought at Wal-Mart, pockets can be made from heavy durable paper)

*Cards (Index cards or other) in each pocket that have specific skills to work on according to needs of individual students.

* Rules (listed at the bottom of this web page)

*Game Pieces (can make or buy)

*Spinner (can make or buy)

Directions

1. Spin the Spinner

2. Move your game piece the number of spaces spun

3. Pull out a card that matches the color you landed on

4. Hand it to the reader

5. The reader will read a phoneme followed by a word that begins with that phoneme. Two sentences are given as context clues. Watch the reader as she reads the sentence with the word in them.

6. Speechread the reader as they mouth the phoneme, word, and sentences.

7. Tell the reader the word that you speechread.

8. If the word is right, spin again. If not, pass the spinner to the next player

* This game can be played as an auditory listening game with the reader voicing the words instead of mouthing them.

Other suggestions for activities:

* Cards can hold family groups of words. A reader can read the words in each family group and the speechreader has to name the category that the groups of words fit under. (example: read the words: red, blue, yellow, green; the student will have to say the category that these words fit under (Color). )

* Cards can be matching games of different words that start with same consonants. The children will draw one card and listen as the reader reads the other cards in the pocket. As words are read, the student will have to listen for the word that matches the word that they drew. If they can correctly match the words, then they can move. The words in each card can be different target areas for auditory discrimination and for speechreading.

* Cards can hold target classroom words for students. The students can draw out a card and listen as the reader reads a list of words. They will have to identify the word from the list of words that is different (example: if the word does not start with the same sound as the other words, if it does not have the same vowel sounds as the other words, if it does not fit in the same category as the other words, etc.) and be able to use the word in a sentence. This can build language at the same time. Cards can hold words to practice auditory discrimination as well as speechreading. Other areas that can be targeted include discriminating word lengths and syllables (one syllable words versus multi-syllable words) and differentiating cognates (example: knowing the difference between the phonemes "m" and "b") as well as discriminating homophenous words such as "money" and "bunny".