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How to Use  Webb Speech Flashcards for fun and speech stimulation.


Create fun, connection, and memories:

Webb Picture Cards allow parents and caregivers to find out what children have to say about simple things in their environment.  In turn, children also get listening and learning opportunities by hearing their parents' speech and thoughts.  Not only can conversation and language turn-taking create language learning, it also helps bonding in these relationships.

Find your child's language age:

The Webb Picture Card program was developed to encourage parents and caregivers to help children attain the best communication outcomes. This requires caregivers to know what level or quality of skill the child has. Before you track language, find a starting point. Look at language growth from a sequential or age perspective by looking at a milestone chart and determine what abilities your child is showing. For many children the milestone developmental chart will not tell the whole picture of a child's language.  That is because 


Find your child's language function:

Another approach is to establish what language behaviors your child may demonstrate.  Review this list of language functions that you can read. Organizing language function is more useful for some children who have language delay or disorders due to Autism, premature birth, medical conditions and syndromes. This list is not in strict sequential order such as in the traditional milestone charts.  


Find your child's speech card Line Level.

Get a Webb Picture Card and turn it over to see the words on the back.  There are four lines of words.  Read each line and determine which one is closest to the number of words that your child uses when he or she speaks.  For example, does your child usually use one to two words; does he speak in phrases; or is she saying sentences to express most of her thoughts?  This will be the child's Webb Picture Card "line level."

Write down the level of language level, language function, and line level that the child shows most times.  You will use the components of the Webb Speech Cards to firm up the child's current level and to help her with further growth.

The specific skills you can help:


Your child listening: Being able to hear and understand language is essential to speech and language development. 

Activity: When you are speaking about the picture or telling a story about the picture, your child is hearing words and language.


Your child’s speech: Being able to say sounds of languages correctly will help your child’s communication.

Activity: If your child says a word or sounds incorrectly, it is good to correct the sound.  BUT KEEP IT BALANCED. If you correct a lot, this will not be fun.   Your child can learn how he/she should be saying particular sounds of speech. Make note of sounds or words the child says incorrectly and re-visit it next time. Also refer to the speech and milestones chart to find out if it is age-appropriate that your child is not yet saying the sound correctly.

Your child’s vocabulary: Keep track of your child’s ability to say the name of the picture.

Refer to the speech and milestone charting for your child’s corresponding age.  Older children can begin to enhance their vocabulary by learning other words that related to the picture.  For example, if they know truck, you can now introduce the concept of VEHICLES. Help the child to begin to understand and name examples of other VEHICLES (i.e., airplane, motorcycle, car). 


Your child’s grammar and sentence making:

Utilize the guide on the instruction card to ensure that your child’s speech is approaching or at the word count for his/her age.  Help your child to expand his/her speech from one word to sentences. 




Games you can play!!!

Vocabulary and Speech:

Pick a mixture of seven cards and place them in a pillow case.  Have the child pull out the card and say the name of the card. Make this a fun and surprising game. 

Play hide-and-seek with the cards.  You can Hide the cards in different spots in a room. When the child finds it, the child can say the name of the card.


Card Story:


Tell a story that is about a topic related to one card.  You can also have an older child pick three cards, and then you create a story using all three cards. You should make a fun and silly story that is short to keep the child’s attention. Children three years and older can also join in the story and create their own.



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