A Handful of Sounds by Jane Passy

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We used the cue to emphasise the role of the articulators (as opposed to the breath stream) in producing the sounds. In the instances previously described, work on fricatives in a phonological process framework had emphasised the manner of the sound, reflected in the extended movement of the hand in forming the cue. Here, the limitation in producing a continuous airstream was physiologically based. I needed to compensate for the physical limitation. Therapy was planned to follow traditional stages, first sounds, then syllables, words, phrases, sentences and connected speech.

Available from the author, see above. • Balfe, F Suggestions for Eliciting Vowels. Available from the author, see above. au. • The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech (LiPS™), Austin TX: Pro-Ed America. Available in Australia from Pro-Ed, PO Box 3161 Nerang East, Queensland 4211 Tel. (07) 5596 0966 or from ACER Press, Private Bag 55 Camberwell, Victoria 3124 Tel. (03) 9835 7447 Fax (03) 9835 7499. • Love, E & Reilly, S The Singing Alphabet. Available from the authors, 20 Cole Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123 Fax (03) 98130686.

Spreading the word Having established the system in the centre, our mainstream colleagues were equally as keen to learn. This prompted a series of training sessions throughout the school, and a subsequent wide use of the system in Reception to Year 6 classes. The next obvious step was to offer a course through the Education Authority’s Professional Development Programme. This information goes out to every school in the Borough. Over the past three years a group of approximately fifteen teachers from a wide range of settings 14 A Handful of Sounds 4443-A HANDFUL OF SOUNDS TXT 27/4/04 4:02 PM Page 15 have successfully completed the course, which is very popular, especially among special needs and early years teachers.

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