I have a client who can produce the /k/ in the final position of words but not word initially or syllable initially (within a word). I typically find that the PROMPT technique (www.promptinstitute.com) usually works for this phoneme—but not this time. I then tried the lollipop trick—where I put a lollipop (or tongue depressor) on the tongue tip (to hold it down) and instruct the child to articulate the /k/. This didn’t work either. My client was also not AT ALL interested in any of my exciting ideas for the session to target this sound…/k/ bingo, /k/ worksheets, /k/ Go Fish! I needed to come up with something fast, so I looked around my room and gathered the following:
YES, that’s right, a handful of paperclips, a small paper cup and a magnet “fishing” pole. Doesn’t every SLP have these?!?
I also invited some friends to join us: Oscar, Cookie, and Monkey! They are always ready to join in on the action in my office!
I threw the paperclips on the floor and explained that we were going to pick them up! This was an easy way to thenchain this sound –we were pick-King up the clips!
I instructed my little guy to say, “pick up”—pick-Kup—pi KUP.
Immediately after he picked up a paper clip, I would have him put it in the cup, requiring him to articulate “cup” after I “flew” the cup over to him while singing “in”.
Oscar, Cookie Monster and Monkey all took turns pi-King up and putting in the Cup!
My kiddie LOVED this activity and eagerly attempted each target word, over and OVER and OVER AGAIN!!