Recently, I found a great “Speech Sound Acquisition” chart on Pinterest that gives the ages that certain sounds are acquired.
When I first found this resource, I promptly repinned it, commenting passionately, “Why isn’t this hung up in every pediatrician’s office?” Seriously. Maybe if mothers had some basic knowledge of speech off the get-go, we could get help sooner. If we had a speech syllabus, not only would we know what lessons are coming up, but we’d know what to study.
I am starting this series of basic sound production with /b/ because it is one of the only sounds that Jake can say on a consistent basis. Maybe having a few hundred boo-boos and also having a houseful of bubbas gave him extra practice at saying this sound. At this point in speech therapy, he has mastered most of the /b/ words. At home he can always imitate words with this sound and sometimes he will even use them in spontaneous conversation.
When I first started researching speech therapy for apraxia kids, I often felt myself drowning in a sea of technical terms and explanations. Two acronyms that I frequently ran across were CV and CVC. Obviously if you are a speech therapist, these letters mean something to you, but for me, they only made that little wrinkle in between my eyes furrow a bit with confusion.
A few hours of internet surfing later, I learned that a CV word is one that only has a consonant and vowel sound in it. For example: bay. Additionally, CVC words are consonant-vowel-consonant combinations. For example: bite.
The following are a few CV /b/ words that Jake continues to practice at speech therapy: bay, B, boo, bye, ball, bee, and bow. Usually he does these words at the beginning of the session. I am a fan of starting speech therapy with the easier words in order to warm up and build confidence, and then progressing to the more difficult words. Examples of more complicated CVC /b/ words that he is practicing are: boat, bone, boot, ball, and bean.
Jake’s SLP uses both the Kaufman Speech Praxis Workout Book and Kaufman cards to drill these words. After ten weeks of Kaufman therapy, his progress has been phenomenal.