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 the sight words Dolch word lists that classroom teachers use in their classrooms when they are teaching sight words. They are 200+ necessary sight words that teachers use to teach to kids how to read. These sight words are important because they are the words that appear most frequently in books that students are using to learn to read more quickly (fluency is what teachers use to describe this reading metric). 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!
Dolch Word Lists in Speech Therapy
That’s why I created the speech sound articulation resources using Dolch Words. Of course there are lots of worksheets for sight words, but these are more detailed as I have analyzed them from the speech therapy point of view. I needed something that would do double duty in the speech room. Dolch Word List Articulation is 200 pages of speech sound flashcards in color and black & white!
And Dolch Word List 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. The words are selected from meaningful words for new readers from the Dolch word lists.
Use these resources with students during therapy and then send the sheets home so that students can practice both speech sounds and reading at home! Actually you can do school-based speech therapy outside or inside the classroom since the materials match up to the curriculum. It’s a win win!