I recently teamed up with Bjorem Speech to share how I use their speech sound cues in stuttering therapy. In the video below, I teach other speech-language pathologists how they can incorporate these fun speech cards into their work with children who stutter!
Originally created for articulation and phonology intervention, these colorful cards assign a meaning and visual representation to each sound. For example, "K" is called the "coughing sound" and is depicted by a camel coughing. These cute visuals are developmentally appropriate and great for non-readers, as they make speech sounds easier to decode and practice.
When I learned of the Bjorem speech cues, I instantly thought of the many applications to stuttering therapy. When discussing stutters, we often break a word into specific sounds, identifying which sound was tense/tight and where the tension occurred in the speech mechanism. Although complex, these concepts can actually be extremely fun for kids when discussed at an age-appropriate level! I found that these cards were helpful in giving my young clients a tangible, visual way to understand and express these concepts. I love how the sound cues allow us to "play" with the sounds of a word!
Allison Elium, MA, CCC-SLP is the owner of Wildflower Speech Therapy, PLLC, a private speech therapy practice in Austin, Tx. Allison specializes primarily in stuttering and speech disorders in children and adults. Read more about her approach here.