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Sounds in Motion: Phonemic Awareness, Articulation Stimulation, and Discrimination Through Movement

27 Sep

I hear and I forget
I listen and I understand
I do and I remember
Chinese proverb

This weekend I attended an 8 hour training in the phonemic awareness program, Sounds In Motion. I am so excited to collaborate with our Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers in bringing this amazing, kinesthetic program to the classrooms.

How does Sounds in Motion work? The program is completed in 12 to 15 weekly sessions lasting 30 to 45 minutes.  The idea is that body movements help students to remember how to produce each sound, and what sound a letter makes.  The program combines speech sounds with kinesthetic, gross-motor movements that correspond to the tension, duration, pitch and directionality of the articulators (lips, tongue, teeth, soft palate, cheeks) used to produce each sound.  In other words, the body movement associated with each sound mirrors what we do with our mouths as we make the sound.  For example, a sound like /k/ is produced in the back of your mouth, and the corresponding body movement is a backward pulling movement.

The program begins by addressing auditory skills necessary for recognition and production of these sounds. The concept of whole body listening will be introduced first, and will be a big focus in Speech Therapy this year.  It is also a big part of the Sounds in Motion program.  Whole body listening is the phrase I will use to teach kids to “tune in” so that work can begin  on auditory perception and discrimination of consonants and vowel sounds that often are misarticulated.

I will  introduce  2 speech sounds and corresponding movements in each session.  The body movements associated with each speech sound are introduced to help the children experience correct placement and production for specific consonants.  Associating a movement with each speech sound also helps students to remember the sound.

Students practice letter to sound correspondence, sound blending, and syllable/word decoding in each session through interactive rhymes and stories.  The program also includes a pre- and post-test to show individual student progress.

Sounds in Motion will provide me with the opportunity to work on articulation stimulation, auditory perception, phonemic awareness and vocabulary development simultaneously with an entire class. This is a collaborative program between the speech-language pathologist and classroom teachers.  It is not only unique and fun for the children but allows the therapist and classroom teacher to collaborate in working on common goals.

It is so important that we are not only thinking about phonics in our classrooms, but about phonemic awareness.  Sounds in Motion will help students think about phonemes to sound out and write words.  We need to be teaching our students to hear the sounds in the words first, to discriminate between sounds,  so they can then make the written association with letters.

I have already spoken with a couple of teachers about getting started with this program, but please come and see me, email me or leave a comment on the blog if you would like me to work with your class.

Read more about the program, read feedback about the program and learn about the program’s author by clicking here.

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