See and Learn Saying Words Kit
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See and Learn Saying Words is designed to help children with Down syndrome to develop clear speech. It may also be helpful for other children with similar speech difficulties.
See and Learn Saying Words provides simple activities that encourage the imitation and repetition of one- and two-syllable words. It includes eight sets of words, each starting with a speech sound that usually develops early in typical development (b, d, m, p, y, n, w and h). The 72 target words represent a range of vowel-consonant combinations and are selected from vocabulary suitable for younger children.
See and Learn Saying Words can help parents, teachers and therapists support regular speech practice. Research suggests that focused practice and repetition are necessary to develop clearer speech.
See and Learn Saying Words builds on the skills taught in the previous two See and Learn Speech steps - See and Learn Playing with Sounds and See and Learn Putting Sounds Together.
See and Learn Saying Words supports three teaching activities:
- Learning to Say Words - using picture prompt cards and speechreading cues to encourage first attempts at saying words
- Practicing Saying Words - using sets of picture prompt cards in games to encourage more complete word production
- Rehearsing Saying Words - multiple repetitions of specific words to improve the clarity and consistency of word production
Children can start the activities in See and Learn Saying Words when they:
- can produce at least some of the consonants b, d, m, p, y, n, w or h - for example, m, and b
- can produce simple combinations of these consonants and a vowel - for example, moo and baa
We recommend that young children practise these activities as soon as they meet these criteria. However, the activities are also suitable for older children who need additional practice to improve their speech clarity.
This is the English version of See and Learn Saying Words. Additional word cards are included to provide for US and UK English differences.
The See and Learn Saying Words kit includes:
- A full colour guide, including step-by-step instructions
- A records booklet for recording progress
- 72 laminated colour word prompt cards
- 5 laminated colour repetition counting cards
This kit is also available as an app. App editions include the same guide, record forms and support the same teaching activities.
App editions are available for Apple iPads and Android tablets. A Windows 10 app edition is currently under development.
For further information, please visit the See and Learn web site.