- When I finish up a session with the student, I asked the student to pick out a word that has their target sound in it and practice it for the next seven days. Some kids choose words that we practice during the speech session, while others choose words that are important to them. I encourage students to choose a word that is important to them, if possible, because that makes homework meaningful. For example, I had a student who said s/he wanted to practice the word “hermano” because of having a brother (and the word is a high frequency word in their life). Normally, the word “hermano” is not one that I would assign for a student to practice because it is a medial sound (in the middle of the word). However, I do think it’s really important to consider motivation and also the fact that students self-selected the word to work on.
But there’s no doubt that the one word method is extremely helpful for students that are highly motivated to correct their speech. And by allowing them to choose a word to practice it empowers them to take control of their practice at home of speech sounds. Instead of being given a worksheet and told to practice it, they then take control and choose one word to practice for the following week.
Traditionally like I said before I usually send homework to kids that are highly motivated to change their articulation. I don’t send homework to every child because usually it’s forgotten about and not meaningful. However, with the one-word articulation homework approach, it’s meaningful for all of the students, even the ones who are not always highly motivated to practice their speech sounds. One word artic homework does not feel burdensome like other articulation homework. If it’s a word that they use frequently enough it comes up during their life so that they get multiple trials over a seven day period.