Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carrier Phrases

For the longest time, these evaded Kaitlyn.
Or she evaded them.
Maybe the apraxia made them evade each other.
Regardless, they were very hard to get into her cute little head.
We struggled to make her understand that they make her words make more sense.
Because for so long, she used ONE WORD sentences (if that makes sense) to make her needs known.

Carrier phrases.
"I want a…"
"I found a…"
"I have a…."
"I see a…."
"Do you have a….?"
"Where is the….?"

"‘Carrier phrases’ are a helpful method to improve listening skills - these are
little phrases that you use consistently where the last word in the sentence is
the one you are focused on. “Turn it ON”, “Put it IN”, “Do you want MORE”, are
examples of phrases that help the child anticipate what will be asked of him.
Because our kids learn in chunks, it is easier for them to learn the carrier
phrase, and then to learn the individual words. Carrier phrases can also serve
as a cue for kids who have apraxia (many on the spectrum do), which is a motor
planning problem, and they need a cue of some kind to get started."

The best example of the book that we have used to teach one specific carrier phrase is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

"I see a__________" is the carrier phrase in this book.
And this specific phrase can be used in many places, including home, in the car, or out for a walk.

Here is another great site that I found, written by an SLP, that helps to explain carrier phrases even more.

Carry on!
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  1. thanks for these carrier phrases! follow and read about phrases that make no sense in English!

  2. In fact, carrier phrases are a really helpful method to improve listening skills. There are some phrases in English that make no sense. Here is the post to learn from!