Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Do you do QUICK ARTIC?

Now before I start, maybe I should shed some light on our secret speech-pathologist language for all of my "non-speechie" readers. 
 (If you ARE a non-speechie reader, OMGoodness, thanks for stopping by and taking the slightest interest in my speech  ramblings)

ARTIC is just short for ARTICULATION which is just a fancy speech pathology word for PRONUNCIATION.  Articulation is what people think of when they think about what we "DO." We correct speech "impediments." 

I love ARTIC.  
I love getting a little person who has articulation errors- whether they have 1 or 50. 

I love that we get to TRANSFORM that little person into an articulate, perfectly well- spoken child who may not even ever remember a time when no one could understand 
what the heck he was saying. 

A few years ago, I delved into what I call QUICK ARTIC.  I went to a conference that referenced www.5minutekids.com.  Susan Sexton's research was uber impressive and showed that kids getting articulation therapy through a 5 minute service delivery (individual sessions multiple times per week based on severity) were "graduating" from speech therapy 8.4 months earlier than kids getting traditional articulation therapy (a small group setting 40-60 minutes a week).  PLUS- kids miss less classtime! 
You can read more about it HERE if you'd like.  Very cool.

So I started QUICK ARTIC with some RTI students and handful of my "IEP kids."
{By the way, typically my version or quick artic is actually 10-15 minutes.)   

Some students need the social aspect of being in a group and seeing other kids with problems like theirs (and learning from each other).  Some students have too much trouble maintaining attention or getting along with others to thrive in a group therapy setting.  
You just have to use some judgement and make good decisions about which kids this is right for. 

Wanna see what QUICK ARTIC looks like in my speech room? 
(or sometimes I sit in the hallway so I can grab-the kiddos-n-go!)
It looks like some hardcore drill. 
Too bad kids hate hardcore drill. 
So I add a little fun. 

We do drill, drill, drill along with a quick card flip game.  
I've made LOTS of those to keep them motivated.  
Say your speech targets correctly= get a turn to pick a card
{whoever gets the most cards wins!! It's not that easy- there are pesky wild cards!)
Pick cards from the table ~  From a stack  ~  From my mystery box
Or even from Ned's Head!  
Everything is more motivating when it comes from Ned's Head! 

These are my latest.  I have to hurry and cut  FIESTA TIME QUICK DRILL this week so we can use it for some Cinco De Mayo fun! 
STAR WARS QUICK DRILL was made especially for a little boy with a "good guy/bad guy" obsession

I even use these for groups to make it more competitive.
It's amazing how many sound productions I can get with these fast paced games! 

The ROBOT QUICK ARTIC GAME is FREE at my TpT store :))  It's great for "5 minute kids" and RTI kids!! 
The PRINCESS QUICK ARTIC GAME was made especially for my little princesses.  They cannot get enough of it, which makes them happy (and me happy!)  It's funny to see which princesses they prefer to choose and how they GASP when they pick the evil queen card!

And it's NOT just for articulation.  These work great for boring fluency drill.  Don't deny it- practicing fluency strategies can be painfully boring! I don't want my therapy to be painful - no way!
I swear, it never gets old for some reason!

And since I see a group of students everyday for school wide reading interventions, I decided to use it for sight word drill, too!!                                                  

(I mean... how boring is plain ole sight word drill?!)                        

Read 3 sight words correctly, PICK A CARD!  

(This inevitably turns into all the kids saying, "Pick a card, any card!" in various foreign accents but I'm okay with that :)

One thing I didn't anticipate was all the students wanting to "trade cards."  My little CHIRP CHIRP QUICK DRILL cards turned into trading cards because the BOYS didn't want pink birds and the GIRLS didn't want brown or black birds and suddenly they were negotiating trades! 

I'm okay with that, too. :)

  It's amazing how kids become awesome communicators when they're negotiating for something they want

How can you not smile when you see these little birdies? This one comes with words, phrases and sentences with tons of sounds embedded in spring and bird themed targets :) 

We have a WHOLE school in our parish (the french version of county) that is doing almost entirely quick drill  {shout out to the amazing Oak Grove Primary SLPs!}

So if you want to try Quick Artic/5 minute drill (or even 10 or 15 minutes), give it a try :)

I have seen great progress with my RTI students using it-
 Most of them never even need long-term therapy! 

If you need a little help getting your students on board, try my quick drill games
They're inexplicably addictive, and I have many versions in my TpT Store

If you need help getting your students' parents, school adminstrators, etc. on board, just present the research- it speaks for itself! 

        If you do QUICK ARTIC, I'd love to hear about what it looks like for you and your kids! 



  1. What a great idea. I like Quick Artic as it allows your students to have many opportunities to practice their target sounds...and the cards are cute and rewarding. Thanks for sharing. HAHA this is great!!!! I bet your students loved this. I love this idea for helping to facilitate conversation...I bet it took some of the pressure off of the actual conversation :). I have enjoyed your looking through your blog. Recently, I was nominated for the Liebster Award for blogging. Part of the award is nominating other inspiring blogs, and I nominated you. Check out my post: http://somethingtotalkaboutslp.blogspot.com/2013/08/liebster-award.html
    Have a great weekend!

  2. I do a variation of Quick Artic, but the students still come into my room for their 30 minute speech time so we'll get funding for them. I wrote about it on my blog:

  3. Hello, I am thinking of writing a grant to get the 5 Minute Kids program and start changing from long duration, low frequency to shorter duration, higher frequency for my articulation challenged students. Do you still use this model for articulation? Anything else I should ask for in my grant that would help me get set up for this new way?

    5 Minute Kids manual and Therapy Books
    Articulate It! App (maybe)
    I already have the bundle of your quick drill cards

    Thank you


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