Do you have a child who drops off consonants at the end of words? They can be so hard to understand! If your child is over 3 and struggling with final consonant deletion, you need to have different activities and strategies to help them. We all know that not every child learns the same. What works for one, may not work for others. I have complied a ton of consonant deletion activities, final consonant deletion worksheets, final consonant deletion minimal pairs, and more to help.
Where to Start:
First, we want to start with active listening. We want to make sure children can hear the difference in words that end in a consonant and those that don’t. To do that, we need to work on ‘open’ and ‘closed’ words. An open word ends in a vowel sounds, like ‘bye’. A closed word ends with a consonant sound, like ‘bike’. When a child says, ‘I wa to ri my bye’, it is a perfect example of final consonant deletion. What they really mean to say is ‘I want to ride my bike’.
We want to do activities where the child can hear the difference between bye and bike. I have created a list for you of final consonant words to get you started.
Make it Fun:
Keep your child engaged with hands-on activities! Use interactive worksheets and games. Digital ask cards always get children excited and ready to learn. The more activities you have, the better. Not every child will learn the same way or with the same techniques. It’s good practice to use different materials when helping children learn.
Final Consonant Deletion Bundle:
I have created a Final Consonant Deletion Bundle that has everything you need to teach final consonant deletion speech therapy.
Here is a peek at what this bundle includes. Click here to see it more in-depth.
Studies show that activities that use hands-on materials keep children more engaged. I use as many hands-on materials as I can for these 5 activities. They include pom poms, tweezers, snap cubes, pointers, and spinners. When you make learning fun, children don’t even realize they’re learning. It includes:
- FCD Minimal Pairs
- FCD Sort and Read
- I Spy Final Consonants
- Ending Sound Sort
- FCD Spin and Cover
I’m all about simple, no-prep worksheets. This set includes 5 fun worksheets for FCD. It includes:
- FCD Minimal Pairs Cut and Paste
- I Spy Final Consonants
- Final Consonant Foldable Book
- Final Consonants Bracelets
- FCD Brochures
All children love a fun game! I have created 3 exciting games for FCD.
- FCD Toss
- Breakfast Flip
FCD Minimal Pairs Cards:
Includes 69 cards total.
FCD Boom Cards:
I am loving digital task cards! They are so engaging for children, especially with distance learning. If you haven’t tried Boom Cards yet, you need to! There are audio clips included for each word. The activity is also self checking. These digital task cards MUST be played on the Boom Learning website.
With anything, it takes repetition to make a difference. By continually emphasizing the final consonants and having children repeat them back to you, they will get it. The more activities you use, the more repetition they have, the quicker they will catch on. I caution you to watch how strongly you emphasize the final consonant. It’s important children are saying ‘toad’, instead of ‘toe-duh’. With repetition, this will get easier for them.