Speech Therapy

2020 Graduation

The Administration and Board of Education of the Harrison Hills City School District explored all options to duly honor our Class of 2020 graduates.  However, in line with recommendations from the Governor of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education, the Harrison County Department of Health and consultation with legal counsel, we are announcing the cancellation of our in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for July 11, 2020.  Congratulations to all 131 graduates and their families; our hats are off to you and the bright future that lies in front of you.  You truly are today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders.  Please click here to enjoy our 21st commencement ceremony for Harrison Central High School, as presented virtually.  Go Huskies!  

Voice Recognition

Speech Therapy

Mrs. Barger
Mrs. Parker


Your child is currently receiving speech and language services targeting speech (articulation) and/or language skills. Please refer to your child’s current IEP to become familiar with what your child is working on. I am providing you with suggestions of things that you can do at home to address your child’s particular goals:

  1. Speech/Articulation Skills 
    • Books- have your child identify words that have his/her targeted sound in them or pictures that have their target sound in them
    • Card Games- War (where high card wins), Uno, Go Fish – child practices targeted sound in words when it’s their turn. You could increase number of productions by having them produce it the number of times pictured on the card
    • I Spy – have them guess an item which contains their target sound (ie. for “k”, I spy something that tells time….clock)
  2.  Receptive Language Skills (Vocabulary, Following Directions, Pointing, Main Idea)
    • Books – talk about pictures (ie. What is that boy doing? He is riding his bike), ask questions (ie. What was the story about? Who was the main character? Where did it take place? When did it occur?)
    • Meals – talk about different food items such as meats, vegetables, fruit, desserts (categories)
    • Walks/Riding in cars– talk about the things you see (ie. bugs, vehicles – categories), (ie. what people are doing – grammar; what was the road crew doing? They were digging a hole.), vocabulary (ie. grocery store, library)
    • Around the house – following directions while cooking (ie. Get the milk from the fridge.), cleaning (ie. Please put your dishes in the sink.), and laundry (ie. Put all the white clothes in one pile.)
  3.  Expressive Language Skills (Naming, Defining, Describing, Stating Function, Categorize)
    • Name things around the house
    • Describe it (ie. Size, shape, color, function)
    • Categorize it (ie. Food, Vehicles, Cold items)
    • Parts (ie. What is it made of?)
    • Answer questions about it (ie. What is it? Who uses it? When would you need it? Where would you find it/use it? Why do we need it? How do you use it?)
  4.  Grammar/Syntax (Sentence length should contain as many words as your child’s age
    • Talk about pictures, tv programs, cartoons/characters, stories, news articles
    • Include articles such as ‘a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’
    • Include nouns which include people, places, and things (ie. Woman, Wal-Mart, trees)
    • Include verbs which are action words (ie. Running, jumping)
    • Include plurals (ie. Cats, books)
    • Include irregular verbs (talk about what you did yesterday – I went to the store.)
    • Include irregular plurals (ie. Women, loaves, sheep, fish)
    • Include prepositions such as ‘in’, ‘on’, and ‘under’
    • Include adjectives which are descriptive words (ie. Blue, bigger)
    • Statements or comments end in a period (ie. I walked the dog. I like that.)
    • Questions using ‘could’, ‘would, ‘should’, ‘have’, ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ require a question mark (ie. Could you give me that? Who’s there? How are you?)
    • Emphatic responses require an exclamation point (OMG! I love it!)
    • “The big brown dog jumped over the fence.” (8 years old)
  5.  Social Skills (Turn Taking/Conversation Starting/Staying on Topic/Engaging in Convo)
    • Interests – talk about your hobbies/interests and encourage your partner to ask questions or make a comment to keep conversation going.
    • Social Stories/Videos from you tube – topic specific (emotions, bullying, peer pressure). Most have follow-up questions with it or create your own questions.
    • Talk about your day – what did you do? Who did you see? Where did you go? How was it? Why was it good or bad?
  6.  Fluency Skills (Stuttering)
    • Practice use of fluency enhancing strategies by making telephone calls, answering open ended questions, answering thought provoking questions, answering mock interview questions

Word lists for articulation are available on www.homespeechhome.com. All sounds are available in all word positions (ie. Initial, medial, and final) and at all levels (ie. Words, phrases, sentences, reading passages)

Expressive/Receptive Language Tasks are also available on www.teacherspayteachers.com/Login. It does not require that you be an educator. You also do not have to pay money for a lot of materials. Simply type in what you want to address and the word “free” after it. Specifically, look for Mia McDaniel’s free distance learning packet. 

Social Skills/Scenarios can be accessed on www.youtube.com




Placement Cues for Speech Sounds

Ideas for Home Speech and Language Practice

Word Lists for |K|, |G|, |F| and |L|

Themed Word Lists for Speech Sounds

Articulation and Phonology Word Lists

Daily Articulation/Speech Activities

Pre-school Daily Activities for Phonological Processes

Daily Language Activities

Weekly Language Activities

Following Directions 

Reading Comprehension  wh Questions

Pre-school Language Activities 

Grammar Activities 

Grammar Activities Nouns 

Grammar Activities Verbs 

Grammar Activities Pronouns 

Grammar Activities Adjectives and Adverbs 

Social Skills 

Sentence Strips for Expanding Utterances

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