Tuesday, February 28, 2012

L-Blends (/bl/, /pl/, /fl/): Free Speech Therapy Articulation Picture Cards


This articulation picture card set is designed to be more comprehensive than the typical sets you might find elsewhere. The target audience for this set is young children or children with more severe speech delays that need intensive practice with sounds at a one-syllable level. No blends (other than the targeted initial blend) or vocalic /r/ sounds are included in this set. All syllable shapes are kept as simple as possible to allow the child to focus as much as possible on producing the initial blend. Syllable shapes are CCV or CCVC only.(Scroll down to preview set.)

Key Features

  • This set includes 15 therapy cards with the target word and picture on the front, and the difficulty level and a carrier phrase on the back.
  • The words are all CCV or CCVC in syllable shape.
  • The words are simple and are easily understood by or easily taught to young children.
  • Combines the L-blends with all possible vowel sounds at least once.
  • Words are sorted by difficulty level for an easy progression from easy to hard.


I give permission to copy, print, or distribute this card set 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 this card set. Let me know if you find errors or 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 Set

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.

I recommend you print on cardstock and laminate for durability.


  1. I'm really disappointed that these pictures reinforce the White-as-standard practices that education is inundated with. Children - and White children especially - need to see diverse-appearing humans representing hands, faces, smiles, etc., as well as pilots, people doing flips, etc. When every single picture is a White person, that sends a message of unimportance to non-White children, and over-importance to White children.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on an important issue. I actually pay for the rights to use a clipart library and spend hours carefully searching for images that fit sometimes rather abstract concepts in order to make my picture card sets. I am limited by the clipart I can find. I do try to choose multicultural cards whenever possible and you will find a few scattered about in the card sets, but much of the time it simply isn't possible. (Now if I had an unlimited budget and could pay someone to do my art that would be a different story...)

    2. You could always pay for a set that you find appropriate.

    3. Children do not typically see color unless influenced by his or her parents. Children who are learning blends are not mature enough to see abstractly to notice the color of the person and realize they are not the exact shade as the person in the picture. To the publisher, you are the best and we appreciate you taking the time to think about children and their education and making lives a bit simpler, because I cannot find time to create my own!

    4. Thank you for these free materials! To the person who has a problem with the pictures, take your agenda elsewhere. Make your own material and stop trolling.

    5. Sharon Johnson, CCC/SLPJuly 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

      Chilren do see color. They always point out differences. They see those differences as a negative or a positive based on what they are taught about specific groups of people, but they notice the differences. They also notice when none of the pictures look like them. You really need to take a course in multicultural communication.

  2. You could always look for other FREE materials to use!

  3. I have found your card sets EXTREMELY helpful. Thankyou for the great job you are doing!

  4. Really??? Does EVERYTHING have to be about race? Geez.

    1. Sharon Johnson, CCC/SLPJuly 11, 2017 at 9:35 AM

      To answer your question, YES, everything in this country does have to do with race. The country was founded on the enslavement of one group of POC and the mass genocide of another. You seem to be suggesting that representations of white children should be an appropriate stand-in for all children, that images of students of color are unimportant. In doing that, YOU make it about race. You have decided that other races just don't matter.

  5. I appreciate you sharing your FREE materials. You are very gracious with your time and effort. Thanks again.

  6. These are great for my speech students. I applaude your efforts and generosity. thanks for a great web site.

  7. I just came across your blog and I want to thank you for creating materials for others to use for free! I appreciate your taking time to do this so that I don't have to! I guess if people don't like your pictures, they don't have to use them!

  8. I appreciate these cards and your making them available for free.
    Side note to the person complaining about race: why don't you offer to buy some multiracial cards if these free ones are offensive to you, help in a manner other than by complaining and offering no real solution. The cards are free and if you find them offensive or whatever, don't use them.

  9. A big fat shut up to the person complaining about race. Get over yourself. A big thank you to the publisher for these awesome cards :)

  10. A big fat shut up to the person complaining about race. Get over yourself. A big thank you to the publisher for these awesome cards :)

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

    Verbatim from the creator of these cards.. As a person of an underrepresented groups, it is so upsetting to see how the lack of diversity in our profession as speech therapist is not only in the skin color but in the thought processes involved when working with diverse populations. Take a class on diverse issues, immerse yourself in a culture that is not yours, it will raise your competency as a professional and maturity and open mindedness as a person. Yes they are just cards, but these cards are what our speech impaired children are generalizing, I hope they will, that's the purpose of our profession to let them generalize what they learn with us to the outside world , and when we are working with these children, and giving them a one sided view of the world and telling them other color don't matter, stop complaining about race, get over yourself. Is this the attitude you are taking with you when you serve populations unlike yours? Please take some time to re-evaluate your opinions of others that are different than you and understand why people are posting such concerns. Just because they are not your concerns, it doesn't mean they don't exist. Be culturally competent.

  12. Sharon Johnson, CCC/SLPJuly 11, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    To those of you who don't seem to understand or CARE about the effect on children of color of always seeing WHITE and never seeing anything other than WHITE in pictures that we use to teach our children, you need to do some research on the subject and realize that seeing yourself represented in pictures does make a difference in children's ability to relate to what is being taught. Saying things like, "make your own", "get over yourself", "not everything is about race", "shut up", and other such foolish responses is not helpful, and shows just how unvested you are in your students of color. We live in a multicultural society, and our treatment ought to reflect that. Children of color should not be treated as an after thought.

    I accept the author's explanation that she is unable to find many cards that include children of color. That is an untapped area that hopefully someone will fill. I am very disheartened and disappointed that those who share my profession would take such a callous and ugly attitude toward a person who is expressing a genuine need for materias that reflect ALL of our children, and not just accept as standard/default, representations of white children. You need to do better for yourselves, for the profession and especially for the students you serve.

  13. Very nice post.really I apperciate your blog.Thanks for sharing.keep sharing more blogs.


  14. I have a hard time reading this and understanding how you can be educators and say these things. I am grateful for this free material and will be using it in my classroom. I love finding pictures that look like the students I teach but understand it is hard to find. All of the things being said are exactly why everything is about race.


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