1. Standard go fish game-deal 3 cards to each person and put the deck in the middle. Each person must ask for the matching card. This is a great way to really require the student to both 1) listen to the word you are saying and 2) be sure they are really saying what they think they are. Because if they have “thirst” and ask you for “first” and you give it to them, they know immediately that communication has broken down because of the change in the initial sound. I’ve found this very effective as a pre cursor to articulation therapy or a concurrent activity while you are just starting to teach the sound in isolation.
2. Memory game-place all cards face down on table and each person takes turns choosing two to make matches. This is the ideal context to practice /Ɵ/ at the word level.
3. Collect ‘em: Using a shuffled deck, the therapist says “I’ll show you a card, and you say the word that on the picture. If you get it, you keep the card, if not, I keep it.” You can score it by counting cards or matching pairs.
4. This is also a great probing activity to see which vowel contexts produce better results so you’ll have a good starting place for combining with vowels later.
Comes with scoring and tracking sheets!