Phonic Faces cue children how to place their tongue, lips, teeth or other articulators to make sounds. Once stimulable to correct productions, the faces can be sequenced to produce the sounds in words, used with pictures containing the target sound to remind children where the target sound is needed, or ordered in the word's phonemic sequence to guide the child through the coarticulation needed to pronounce the word. When phonological process errors such as cluster reduction, final consonant deletion, epenthesis, metathesis, or weak syllable deletion occur, the correct phoneme or syllable structure can be shown and talked about using the faces. When sound substitutions occur, the faces for the 2 sounds can be compared and contrasted, showing children how their productions differ. Because the faces are different children with different personalities and different stories, the contrast is evident on multiple levels and easy to remember. Because the faces are drawn to reflect motor articulation, correct productions are cued. Whether the error is phonological or motor speech, the faces provide appropriate cues for stimulating a change. And according to the many speech pathologists who have used Phonic Faces and written us, as well as reseach studies, the changes occur within just a few sessions!
For children with difficulty making auditory discriminations or show auditory processing disorders (APD, CAPD), present a choice of sounds that the child can use to think about and compare. Then use Phonic Faces books to hear the word produced in many word positions in stories that are easy to understand and retell, while correctly producing target words. Then continue to work for phonemic awareness, and letter-sound correspondence to prevent reading problems in beginning readers. Appropriate for speech therapy school based speech therapist speech therapy materials speech therapist materials SLP materials speech therapy materials and more. ready-to-use materials for speech language pathology, articulation therapy, learning disabilities, at risk reading, language arts, narrative story structure, and reading comprehension.
Several studies have supported the efficacy of Phonic Faces for articulation, language, and reading. They have been found to be superior to other Articulation programs and articulation books (follow links below).