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Easy-to-Learn, Easy-to-Remember, Accurate and Fun!
For Home, School and Clinic

  • Early childhood
  • Preschool programs
  • Beginning readers
  • Children at risk for reading problems
  • Struggling readers
  • Dyslexia
  • Enrichment for speech and language
  • Delayed speech and language
  • Articulation problems (pronunciation)
  • Phonological or auditory processing deficits
  • Apraxia
  • Autism spectrum disorders


One Playful Picture for One Speech Sound

This creates clear categories in the ‘mind’s ear’ for the
various English spellings
children will encounter in their Phonics learning.

"I Know That Sound!"

candy, kite, Mickey, ache = coughing sound
sun, kiss, city, cent = snake sound
shoe, sure, Chevy = quiet sound


Brain Power for Speech Sounds

Oral-Motor Skill-Building Tool
for Clinicians

• Establish essential oral-motor movements and placements for speech within a valid speech context.

• Rehearse repetitive & alternating movements in any combination, as needed.

• Build support for phonation where needed, and establish voiced v.s. voiceless production contrasts.

• Rehearse consonant-vowel, vowel-consonant, or longer combinations, as needed.

Beyond Oral-Motor Rehearsal

Develop auditory-motor integration, the foundation for the feedback loop by which correct pronunciation is learned and maintained.

The Sound Foundation at Home,
at School, in the Clinic

• Build essential ‘mind’s ear’ skills for speech, phonics and reading: auditory discrimination, auditory memory, naming and Phonemic Awareness.

• Pictures hint at the sound they represent, making sounds more easily remembered

• Speech sounds are fleeting and abstract; but pictures add a stable and meaningful element to assist children in focusing their attention.

• One picture for one speech sound creates clear categories for the various English spellings children will encounter in their Phonics learning.

• Sh, Ch, and the two Th sounds are included.

Playful Sounds helps individuals with speech articulation problems to begin productive rehearsal of speech sounds immediately.

Meet oral-motor needs efficiently, and in a valid speech context.

Use of non-speech oral motor exercises is increasingly questioned. Researchers and clinicians point out that:

  • Non-speech oral motor movements are mediated differently in the brain than speech.
  • Oral-motor strength is not typically the issue for children experiencing speech difficulties. (Speech requires only a fraction of maximum muscle strength.)
  • Mouth awareness is not a developmental step on the path to speaking.
  • There are no speech sounds that require side-to-side tongue movements.
  • Blowing is a different task, neurologically, than using the voice.
Evidence indicates that to improve speech, we need to work on speech!


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