Using Everyday Items to Reinforce Speech and Phonics

When working with your child on speech sounds and phonology, use your time riding in the car, doing chores, or waiting in line to play games together. When doing this, take care to focus that your child will experience success.

1. Take turns playing rhyming games. Use only one sound during a session, and make sure to talk about the sound that you are making.

2. Play a name game together. Start with, “Let’s name two things that start with ________”. Choose a beginning sound, like the letter S and play from memory or by using everyday objects (eg: sun and sign). For example, ask your child to look around your surroundings and say, “Find two things that start with the S sound”.

3. A phonics game can be played using your shopping or errand list. Ask your child to first say and sound out the beginning letter of each word on the list. For example, first say the letter B and then say “the B sound is for butter”, and so forth as you choose or bag items in the store.

Remember, everyday activities and daily living provide ample opportunities to reinforce speech sounds and phonics lessons with your child. It doesn’t have to be homework! Keep it simple, and know that when parents keep it fun and interesting, their children learn quickly.

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About Kyle Meades

John Kyle Meades, CCC-SLP has practiced Speech & Language Pathology since 1993. Therapy Group of Tucson, PLLC provides private, powerful and effective speech, occupational, physical & ABA therapy services in Tucson, AZ


  1. My grand daughter I turning 4 in september. She speaks maybe 50 words. She went to speech classes last year. We have not seen any progress. She uses a lot of facial expression. You would think she would cry a lot but she is very accommodating.

  2. Hey Emily, thank you for the comment, please call our office to make an appointment.

  3. Janet Easley says

    My son will be 17 months soon. He baby talks. He says Dada. He’s really attached to his blinky, he keeps it in 24\7 can this delay has speech. We have decided to take his blink. I called to make an appointment but your office says you require a referral. I would like to get him help instead of waiting for his 18 month wellness visit.

  4. We accept many insurance plans, and some require a referral from the pediatrician.
    Most pediatricians will fax over a referral if you ask their nurse 🙂

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