Like many of you I am on the run all day long. Some products I use out of a necessity to multi-task in a variety of situations. The Portable Articulation Tool (PAT) came about because I needed something I could carry around with me that I could use when I worked in the classroom setting that also addressed articulation goals. Many of my students receive therapy within the classroom setting. For years I have used their classroom materials or decks of articulation cards when I want to work on specific skills/specific sounds. Decks of cards are great – but they are difficult to manipulate and use quickly.
The Portable Articulation Tool has every sound I could want as well as an organized way to keep the pictures. Each page has 20 different pictures representing the identified sound. The letter tabs on the left help quickly guide me to where I need to go.
What I found once I made this tool was that I use it for so much more than I thought I would.
Here are some of the ways you can use the Portable Articulation Tool:
- I make copies of the particular sound the student is working on and give it to them for homework.
- I cut up the pages into individual cards. I recommend doing a double set of each sound to give yourself more options. I glue the pictures to cardstock and laminate them. At this point they can be used for drill and card games.
- I expand beyond just the word itself and have the students use the words in sentences. For older students, select two words or have them pick two cards and have them use both words in a sentence.
- I photocopy a sheet of their sounds and have the students cut them up and glue them to a sheet of paper. At this point they can be used for homework or more practice in therapy. I like to have them pick five words and use all five words to make up a story.
- Once the sheets are laminated, the students can use a dry erase marker and mark the sounds as they use them – this can quickly be turned into a bingo type game to keep the students interested.
I’m sure you can think of more idea – that is why I love this tool. Check it out and let me know some more ways I can use the Portable Articulation Tool.