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Phonological Awareness

September 7th, 2011 by | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Phonological Awareness is the ability to detect, identify, and manipulate sounds and syllables in words.

Phonological Awareness skills are CRUCIAL predictors of a child’s reading success.

Children with hearing loss CAN develop phonological skills through listening.

The following is a list of Phonological Awareness activities progressing from least-difficult to most-difficult tasks in each category:
    • Determine whether a pair of words rhyme
      • “Do these words rhyme: hat, bat?”
    • Determine which word in a set of three does not rhyme
      • “Which one does not rhyme: bee, see, boat?”
    • Generate a rhyme
      • “Can you tell me a word that rhymes with ball?”
    • Counting syllables
      • “How many syllables do you hear in the word paper?”
    • Segmenting syllables
      • “Can you tell me the syllables in telephone?”
    • Blending syllables
      • “Which word sounds like this: to ma to?”
    • Deleting syllables
      • “Can you say piano without the /pi/?”
  • PHONEMES (Speech Sounds)
    • Initial/medial/final sound identification
      • “What is the first/middle/last sound in the word bed?”
    • Counting phonemes
      • “How many sounds do you hear in the word red?”
    • Phoneme blending
      • “Which word sounds like this: g r ee n?”
    • Phoneme deletion
      • “Say blue without the /b/?”
    • Phoneme substitution
      • “Say go.  Now say it with a /b/ instead of /g/?”
Ways to work on Phonological Awareness skills at home include:
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Read and point out rhymes in the text, alliterations (words that have the same starting sound).
  • Count or clap syllables in family members’ names.
  • Play secret word guessing games with syllable or sound segmentation.

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

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July 3, 2012 at 2:26 am

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