Wednesday, March 7, 2012

S-Blends (/sl/, /sm/, /sn/, /sp/, /st/): Free Speech Therapy Articulation Picture Cards

If you like this free S-Blends set you might want to check out the comprehensive S-Blends Speech Therapy Kit now available in the Testy Shop.


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 30 therapy cards with the target word and picture on the front, and the difficulty level and a carrier phrase on the back.
  • This set includes 6 one-syllable words for each blend: /sl/, /sm/, /sn/, /sp/, and /st/.
  • 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 S-blends with all possible vowel sounds at least once.
  • Words are categorized by difficulty level for an easy progression from simpler to harder.


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.

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  1. LOVE UR IDEAS!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you SO much!! These are SO much better for even phonological (mild-mod) kids because they can work on the BLEND and not have to worry about the syllables or other blends.

    1. I completely agree. It frustrates me that the words in almost every card set out there that you can buy are just too complex to let the children focus on the sound we are trying to teach them. It just makes sense to me to simplify everything else as much as possible so they can focus on the target.

      I also set up the sets as much as possible to include a wide variety of vowel sounds so that they practice making the target sound in a wide variety of coarticulation contexts.

  3. I like your work  WOW 

  4. This is a great help. I will try and check the rest. For the meantime thank you very much for this. Keep it up! God bless!

  5. Thank you for letting us a try a sample of your cards! These look amazing.

  6. Thank you. This is so helpful.

  7. Thank you for this. This is helpful.

  8. I love your products but I can never print the images??? I've got a Mac, any suggestions?
    Thank you

  9. I love your products but I can never print the images??? I've got a Mac, any suggestions?
    Thank you

  10. Wow, absolutely fantastic blog. I am very glad to have such useful information.


  11. All three of my children have needed speech therapy and your cards have been indispensable in giving them variety as we practice at home. You are a huge reason my kids are intelligible today. Thank you for making these resources available.


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