Here at Yellow Finch Learning Company, it is our mission to provide learning materials that use evidenced based practices.
The following evidence based practices are applied in the Sound Tales Series:
Auditory bombardment: The child listens to a target sound over and over in a variety of contexts, but is not required to repeat the sound. Auditory Bombardment is a listening
task that eliminates the pressure of verbal imitation. The character of Sophie Snake has been specifically written to help provide auditory bombardment.
Minimal Pairs and Phoneme Substitution: A minimal pair is a set of two words that are the same except for one sound (not one letter, one sound). This is similar to rhyming, but the sound can be present anywhere in the word. For example, the words Mouth and Mouse are minimal pairs (m-ow-th and m-ow-s). The words Sun and Fun are also minimal pairs (s-uh-n and f-uh-n). When children use minimal pairs, they improve their ability to hear the difference between sounds, as well as understand the impact that different sounds can have on word meaning. Minimal pairs also help develop phonemic awareness skills through a practice called phoneme substitution. As children figure out the secret message, they are actually practicing minimal pairs and phoneme substitution.
Visual Feedback: Visual feedback is when a child is able to physically see a result of their attempts at sound production. In this book, the use of a mirror helps kids make sure that their tongue is not sticking out while trying to make an S sound.
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Remediation of Phonological Disorders in Preschool Age Children: Evidence for the Cycles Approach
Hassink, J. M., & Wendt, O. (2010).
EBP Briefs, 5(2), 1-7.
Baker, E. (2010). Minimal pair intervention. In A.L. Williams, S. McLeod & R.J. McCauley (Eds.), Interventions for speech sound disorders in children (pp. 41-72). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.
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