Saturday, July 23, 2011

Initial M: Free Speech Therapy Articulation Picture Cards


These articulation picture card sets are designed to be more comprehensive than the typical sets you might find elsewhere. The target audience for these sets are young children or children with more severe speech delays that need intensive practice with sounds at a one-syllable level or simple two-syllable level. No blends or vocalic /r/ sounds are included in these sets. (Scroll down to preview sets.)

Key Features

  • Initial and Final sets include 30 one-syllable words that begin or end with the target sound.
  • The words are simple and are easily understood by or easily taught to young children.
  • Combines the target sound with all possible vowel sounds at least once.
  • Words are sorted by difficulty level for an easy progression from easy to hard.
  • Describes the progression from most intense prompts to least intense.
  • Provides a simple carrier phrase for every word.
  • A gestural prompt for the target sound is explained.
  • A list of therapy activities is included.
  • Includes 30 therapy cards with the target word and a picture on the front,
    and the difficulty level and the carrier phrase printed on the back.


I give permission to copy, print, or distribute these card sets provided that:
  1. Each copy makes clear that I am the document's author.
  2. No copies are altered without my express consent.
  3. No one makes a profit from these copies.
  4. Electronic copies contain a live link back to my original and print copies not for merely personal use contain the URL of my original.

Looking for Feedback

I would love to hear back from anyone who uses the word sets. Let me know if there is anything you would change. Comment on this page, or send me an email at testyyettrying(at)gmail(dot)com.

Where can I find more?

More sets are on my Free Speech Therapy Articulation Cards page.

Card Sets

To download click on the image to open it full size. Then right click on the image, choose "save as" and save the page to your computer.

Instructions for printing and using the cards are included in the set.


  1. Thank you so much for these picture sets-they are great. I have used them in countless way everyday in therapy.

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you are finding them useful. Mention them to any SLP friends you might have. :-)

    Do you have any creative games you do with cards to make the therapy more entertaining for children? If so, I'd love to hear them.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these cards. I am a school-based speech pathologist who has a "school budget" and am looking forward to using these cards during therapy sessions. Your work is much appreciated!

    1. You're welcome! I hope the cards work well for you next year. Find more sets here:

  4. Hi,

    Your materials are awesome. I have a son who has autism and apraxia.I tried to download but I am not able to. Is it possible to email me the free materials?

  5. Thank you so much for creating and sharing these resources. I have been wanting to return for another master's but have been bouncing back and forth between SPED and Speech... in the meantime I am teaching ESL immersion with students overseas & I have a particular student who has noticeable articulation issues. He is a hard working 12 year old, so any additional support I can specialize for him is greatly appreciated! These cards are awesome, most particularly because they offer him such a broad exposure to many of the vibrant English words. Thank you again!

  6. Really helpful, thank you


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