Friday, April 15, 2011

Tip 24: Twist it out - for speech sake!

Try these tongue twisters as a meal-time or car-time competition to build speech accuracy and agility

Funny word flips - ages four to six - go for five in a row (counting on fingers)
Rickety wicket
Frying flies
Flying fries
Selfish shellfish
Real red leather
Try three twists
Shred Swiss cheese
Fred fed Ted bread
Six slick sticks

Sassy sentences - ages six to ten - repeat these or other familiar tongue twisters several times quickly stopping at the first mistake. Keep score for each player as number of correct repetitions in a row.
She sells sea shells by the sea shore
A cheap ship trip
Crisp crusts crackle crunchily
Rubber baby buggy bumpers
flash message!
A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits
Brad's big black bath brush broke
The six slick sleeping sheep
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs

Why? You may have noticed in the movie The King's Speech that King George the VI practiced tongue twisters as part of his speech therapy preparing for his radio broadcasts. Tongue twisters have been used for decades by actors and public speakers to build speech precision. New neuroscience research has revealed that a crucial area of the left frontal lobe, Broca's area, is very important for speech planning, timing and sequencing.  When this area is exercised it may help strengthen important long brain pathways that link the back of the brain to the front. This might also help with development of other frontal lobe skills: planning the best response to a question or formulating written text.

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