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Making Speech Therapy Visual and Meaningful: Some Examples of Information Sheets a Mother Assembled from Jane’s Session with her Son

Speech therapy – Nic & Jane 27/05

Movement – Breathing – Sounds – Words

  • How many syllables for “movement” – how many beats (2 beats).
  • Do big movements vs little movements.


  1. Move the right hand (any way you like)
  2. Move the left thumb
  3. Move the right foot
  4. Can you move your tongue (any way you like)
  5. Can you move your cheek (identify, where is) – move your cheek without hands ……… how to?
    1. close your mouth
    2. keep the air in your mouth
  6.  Can you move your teeth – any way you like
  7. Can you move your face – not with your hands
  8. Can you move your belly (breathing)


Change of facial expressions!

Can you look mean?
Can you look happy?
Can you look sad?



Identify Body Parts needed for breathing/speaking

Diaphragm (big muscle under lungs)



Breath horizontally

Jane placed hands under ribs (from the back); Nic had to try to push hands away by breathing

Breath vertically

Take a deep breath (hands on shoulders, hand should go up and down)

Belly breathing

Push out – (Nic could do that, but not very well, push hands away from belly by breathing)

Breath sounds – (put hand in front of mouth)

  • Dog panting – do 3 in a row
  • “Exhausting dog” – how many can Nic do?short repetitive breaths

  • “bored Nic” – long, big breath



Move hand slowly away from mouth – exhale until arm is stretched away from body to the side – (practice deep long exhaling).

Nic runs out of breath early – needs to try to get further out.

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