Guidelines for Speech Language Pathologists

If you are a speech-language pathologist, you will find Sound Signs SymPics to be a powerful tool with varied uses. When you introduce a target phoneme, link it with the printed letter and Sound Sign using a SymPics Page. Put the page in your client’s speech notebook right before the practice pictures. The SymPics Page will orient the client to the target sound, helping him to “shift gears” from the previous sound. It will also remind him of the Sound Sign, which you can use to prompt your client during therapy and which the client can use to prompt himself. Use the target Sound Sign simultaneously with the associated sound when you model words or syllables. The Sound Sign shows your client what sound to produce as well as its position in the word. You can teach parents to use the Sound Sign for gentle prompting at home. By linking the target phoneme with print and with the Sound Sign, you incidentally give your student an important tool for learning to read and spell. As you well know, your clients typically have low talent for learning reading and spelling skills. You can help them bridge the oral/written language gap with Sound Signs SymPics.