Finding appropriate and meaningful speech therapy words to target in speech therapy can be so TOUGH. After working in the schools for several years I learned more about Dolch words. They are 200+ necessary sight words that teachers use to teach to kids how to read. Many of these words are ones that students have to memorize instead of learn how to sound out. But students with communication disorders struggle to produce the speech sounds needed to learn how to be successful readers.
I’ve realized over the years that when students learn correct pronunciation of their speech sounds, they learn how to read — and vice versa. As students learn to read, they start to produce speech sounds more correctly. It’s amazing when they make those connections — and then their speech sounds improve. It feels like magic!
That’s why I created the speech sound articulation resources using Dolch Words. I needed something that would do double duty in the speech room. Dolch Word Articulation is 200 pages of speech sound flashcards in color and black & white!
And Dolch Word Apraxia is a 99 page pack that is perfect for your kindergarteners with apraxia who are struggling to read. The words are segmented exactly how an SLP would want them — and the words are selected from meaningful words for new readers from the Dolch word lists.
Use these resources with students during therapy — which you can do either outside or inside the classroom since the materials match up to the curriculum — and then send the sheets home so that students can practice both speech sounds and reading at home! It’s a win win!