Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Apraxia Therapy Materials: Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book

Book Review: Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book

This is a review of the Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book by Sharon Webber, M.S. and M. Thomas Webber, Jr. The book is designed to be a resource for Speech-Language Pathologists that offers a kind of dictionary of words, phrases, and sentences that can be used in therapy for the most common consonant sounds in the English language.

Target Audience

This resource is useful for Speech-Language Pathologists working with all ages. If you need to target specific speech sounds, this book is a wonderful resource for you. The pictures are essentials with young children and the word, phrase, and sentences lists work well with older children and even adults.

How to use the Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book

You need to know what sounds you are going to target and in what context (Do you need to target the sound at the beginning, middle, or ends of words? Do you need to target the sound in words, phrases, or sentences?) Once you know what you need to work on, you simply turn to the appropriate section of the book, copy the page, and use it in therapy.

What is inside the Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book?

You can view sample pages of the book.

The book has word lists, pictures, phrase lists, and sentences in initial, medial, and final positions for the following sounds: R, S, L, (Initial R, S, and L Blends), Z, SH, CH, TH (voiced and voiceless), F, V, K, G, P, B, T, D, J, H, M, N, and Y. It also includes an articulation drill record form, progress chart, homework helper note, and awards. There are a total of 6,420 target words, 3,120 phrases, 3,120 sentences, and 1,710 pictures.

Therapy Ideas using the Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book

  • You can practice the words in drill format by simply going through one at a time. Each picture card has boxes at the bottom for you to keep track of correct and incorrect productions if you like.)
  • You can make two copies of each page, cut the individual pictures out, and play a matching game or Go Fish style game with the pictures.
  • You can cut out the pictures and glue them onto a piece of cardboard in a kind of snake and make a game board. Have the children spin a spinner or roll dice and say the words they land on the number of times that they rolled in order to move forward.
  • You can cut out the pictures, glue them onto fish cut out of construction paper and then laminate the fish. Glue a small magnet on the back of each fish. Then make a fishing pole with a magnet on the end of the line and go fishing for the words.
  • If you have a small bowling pin game, you can glue or tape words to each pin. The child knocks down the pins and then has to say each word before they can set each pin back up for the new try.
  • Form a long train from the pictures. You can put an engine at the front and a caboose at the end. Put a small prize on the caboose like a sticker or piece of candy. When the child finishes saying each word that forms the train, they get the prize on the caboose.
  • You can let the children color the black and white line drawing pictures.

Pros and Cons of the Webber Jumbo Articulation Drill Book

Pros: This book can be very useful. It gives you some words to use in therapy for all common consonants in all three word positions. If you use the words and pictures creatively, they can make articulation therapy fun and productive. It is also great to have phrases and sentences included as well.

Cons: Young children often need practice with simple, one-syllable words. Often, there are only a small number of simple one-syllable words included for each phoneme in each position. You may not find a lot of exactly what you are looking for. Also, some of the pictures are hard to interpret for little ones or may not be the best illustration for the word.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a single resource that will have at least a few stimulus words for almost any sound in any context, this is a hard book to beat.

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  1. Thanks soooo much - that's such a good deal! I ordered vone of dese vight avay... Meaning to say: sooner or later we'll have to do some English-only phonemes, and with this book and your tips how to use it, it will be lots of fun. :) Have a great day!

  2. I'll admit, I ordered one. I had the book version many years ago and lost it. I'm excited about moving to the CD version. I should get it today. I'm very excited.

    Congratulations on getting one too Karin!


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