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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Pacing Board Follow-up with Pictures

Published August 16, 2011 8:39 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Great feedback from last Tuesday's Pace-Out-Your-Speech Post! Many of you wrote in with great pacing board proposals of your own. Thank you for sharing your useful and novel ideas! In addition, many of you also requested that pictures of the pacing boards be posted. Here are ones that I made and use daily in the classroom:

*All the pacing boards and sentence strips below were laminated before being used to increase durability

Here is one made simply of red cardboard and star-shaped post-it notes. Nice for boys or girls.

Here is one made of blue construction paper and flower-shaped post-it notes. Great for little girls!

Here is another with velcro added to create a sentence strip, which can say anything you want/need the child to work on in school or at home. Here are a few examples:

As you can see, this sentence says, "I picked bananas." All of the pictures on the strip can be changed at any time.

This strip says, "I want more please." I use this sentence often. This tool serves as a great standard board to help expand a child's speech from "more" or "more please" to a four word "I" statement.

This strip says, "I want strawberries please." This is the same board as above, however it is expanding a child's vocabulary as well as their mean length of utterance. You can use any word/picture to replace the concepts such as "more" and nouns such as "strawberries." It could read, "I want help please," or "I do not want help please." The options are endless!

*Here are a few more ways to expand the use of sentence strips:

  • Replace the generic "I" pictures with actual photo graphs of your students so that the child saying "I" sees a picture of himself/herself. Easy way to address the difficult task of teaching the concept of pronouns as well!
  • If you are doing a recipe lesson or a sequencing activity with your students, you can use multiple sentence strips to have them read each step. For example, 1. Cut the lemons; 2. Squeeze the lemons; 3. "Add the water," etc.

Please continue to share your comments

and own helpful pacing board and sentence strip tips!



This was so helpful, thank you SO MUCH thoe these ideas! :D

Sofia Calderon February 25, 2013 10:59 PM

It is a great job. Thank you very much for your help.

itaf, speech pathology - instructor June 9, 2012 12:03 PM
Ramallah West bank Palestine

This was really helpful!! I have a client who talks really quickly and is therefore unintelligible. Can't wait to try this out!

Stacy , speech graduate student February 20, 2012 9:23 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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