Do you have a child or student in speech therapy who is working on their l speech sounds in the initial position? If you answered yes, then this post is just what you need! It has over 200 initial l words for speech therapy that will help strengthen your child or student’s l sound.
Initial L Words Speech Therapy
Speech-language pathologists who love word lists with multiple speech productions are sure to enjoy this list below.
Here’s a list of initial l articulation sounds for a speech therapist to use during a therapy session or simply use this list for at home practice to work on your child’s new skill.
- For Example: lake, lime, liquid, line, lost, love, like, liver, lot, lazer, laminate, leave, left, loft, lucky
See full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.
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Word Positions: Final L Words Speech Therapy
Beginning of Words
The l sound at the beginning of a word. For example, “look” or “live”.
Medial Position of Words
The l sound in the medial position of a word, such as “umbrella”, “buffalo”, and “hillside”.
Final l words are when the target sound is at the end of a word. For example, “sale” or “hill”.
Correct Tongue Placement
The best place to start is with the placement of your tongue.
Start by placing the tip of your tongue on the small bump (the alveolar ridge) behind your front teeth.
Then allow air to pass on the sides of your mouth while making your l sound “loud” which will turn on your voice box.
You will know when your voice box is turned on by touching your neck to feel the vibration.
If your child or student is still struggling to produce the initial l sound you can provide them with a tactile cue. A great way to provide a tactile cue is to place a tongue depressor on the small bump behind your child or student’s top teeth.
Another idea is to place some peanut butter on the bump behind your child or student’s front teeth and have the child take a lick of peanut butter while producing the l sound.
A great place to find a visual cue for your child or student is here: Play with Dough Tongue Placement Sheets created by Peachie Speechie – Simply grab some play dough and start creating your very own visual cue!
Initial L Words Speech Therapy
- 1 Syllable: lake, lime, lane, lost, love, like, lot, left, loft, leg, lamb, log, lip, look, lamp, lock, leaf, lion, lid, land, life, lace, late, lab, lap, lack, laid, lawn, last, lead, lean, leap, left, lice, lend, lens, less, lick, limb, line, link, lint, load, loaf, loan, loft, long, loop, loud, luck, lump, lung, latch, laugh, learn, leash, leave, least, ledge, limp, lodge, loose, low, lunch, lunge, launch, league, leaves, length
- 2 Syllable: llama, lava, lazy, liar, lady, lily, logo, label, labor, ladder, larva, laser, lasso, later, latex, layer, leaky, legal, legit, lemon, level, lever, lilac, limit, liter, lobby, logic, lucky, lyric, ladle, landed, lawyer, leader, layoff, layout, legend, lenses, linens, linger, liquid, litter, little, lively, liver, lizard, local, lonely, loosen, lovely, lumber, lactose, lantern, layered, lawsuit, layover, leading, leaking, leaning, leather, leisure, license, liftoff, limeade, lineman, longest, lookout, luggage, lacrosse, ladylike, lakeside, landfall, lamppost, landfill, landlord, landmark, landslide, laughter, leapfrog, lecture, leggings, lifetime, lukewarm, luncheon, lampshade, lifeguard, lifeboat, lifesaver, lightning, lighthouse, lipsync, livestream, lunchmeat, lunchroom, loungewear
- 3 Syllable: legacy, luxury, ladybug, lasagna, leotard, liberty, library, limited, locally, logical, lollipop, lullaby, laminate, latitude, longitude, layaway, laziness, lethargic, likeable, lopsided, loveable, lavender, lawnmower, licorice, limitless, lowercase, leprechaun, letterhead, lubricate, landscaping, loudspeaker, lighthearted, lightheaded
- 4 Syllable: legendary, leniency, leukemia, literacy, laminator, librarian, luxurious, legislator, legitimate, limitation, levelheaded, leatherjacket, locomotives
- 5 Syllable: Louisiana, laboratory, liability
- 6 Syllable: liberalization
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Initial L Words Speech Therapy
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable||3 Syllable|
|4 Syllable||5 Syllable||6 Syllable|
Short Sentences or Phrases
Once your child or student has mastered the initial l sound at the word level at about 80% or higher then it’s time to move on to working on the initial l sound at the word and phrase level.
Here is a list of initial l word phrases:
Initial Words Speech Therapy in Phrases
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable||3 Syllable|
|lake house||white llama||leave a legacy|
|ripe lime||hot lava||live in luxury|
|fast lane||lazy boy||red ladybug|
|lost shoe||bad liar||lasagna for dinner|
|love you||nice lady||dancing leotard|
|like it||beautiful lily||statue of liberty|
|small lot||new logo||public library|
|they left||label maker||limited on choices|
|big loft||labor day||locally grown|
|bent leg||tall ladder||logical explanation|
|sweet lamb||butterfly larva||tasty lollipop|
|short log||laser beam||sing a lullaby|
|hurt lip||brown lasso||laminate the paper|
|look now||see you later||latitude lines|
|tall lamp||latex gloves||longitude lines|
|broken lock||layer my clothes||clothes on layaway|
|falling leaf||leaky faucet||felt a laziness|
|sleeping lion||legal papers||lethargic feeling|
|tiny lid||legit excuse||likeable person|
|grassy land||lemon juice||lopsided pillow|
|nice lady||fourth level||loveable dog|
|pretty lace||pull the lever||lavender smell|
|don’t be late||lilac bush||new lawnmower|
|science lab||speed limit||red licorice|
|sit in her lap||liter of soda||limitless options|
|didn’t lack anything||hotel lobby||lowercase letters|
|laid down||use logic||green leprechaun|
|mow the lawn||lucky dog||business letterhead|
|last a while||song lyric||lubricate the tire|
|lead the team||ladle the soup||beautiful landscaping|
|lean on me||landed the plane||use the loudspeaker|
|leap for joy||their lawyer||lighthearted time|
|left foot||leader of the team||feeling lightheaded|
|avoid the lice||layoff workers|
|lend a hand||layout of the page|
|contact lens||living legend|
|less time||contact lenses|
|lick the popsicle||clean linens|
|tree limb||linger at the door|
|walk in a line||drink liquids|
|chain link||do not litter|
|lint roller||little children|
|load of laundry||lively crowd|
|loaf of bread||liver and onions|
|loan a pencil||pet lizard|
|sleeping loft||local animal shelter|
|long road||lonely person|
|Froot Loop||loosen the strings|
|loud noise||lovely night|
|good luck||lumber yard|
|lump in her throat||lactose intolerant|
|healthy lung||lantern glow|
|latch on||layered cake|
|laugh out loud||personal lawsuit|
|learn everyday||layover in a big city|
|dog leash||leading a team|
|leave on time||leaking bathtub|
|like the least||leaning to the side|
|ledge of a building||leather jacket|
|walk with a limp||leisure activity|
|vacation lodge||drivers license|
|loose string||space shuttle liftoff|
|low valley||limeade drink|
|a sandwich for lunch||football lineman|
|lunge at the gym||longest throw|
|launch the rocket||mountain lookout|
|baseball league||many pieces of luggage|
|fall leaves||play lacrosse|
|length of a ruler||act ladylike|
|have a lifetime|
|watch the live stream|
|lunchmeat on a sandwich|
|4 Syllable||5 Syllable||6 Syllable|
|legendary time||state of Louisiana||political liberalization|
|show leniency||science laboratory|
|leukemia cancer||it’s a liability|
|ask the legislator|
|know your limitation|
|power of locomotives|
Sentence Level: Initial L Words Speech Therapy
Once your child or student has mastered the initial l sound at the word and phrase level you can move on to the sentence level.
You could either give your child or student a sentence to read or show them a picture and have them create a sentence using their target sound.
Here is a list of sentences that you can use with your child or students.
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable|
|They own a lake house.||The white llama was eating.|
|The limes were ripe.||Lava is hot.|
|He drove in the fast lane.||He is a lazy boy.|
|She lost her shoe.||She was a bad liar.|
|I love them.||She is a nice lady.|
|He will like it.||What a beautiful lily!|
|They bought a small lot of land.||They need a new logo.|
|They left for school.||She has a label maker.|
|She bought a big loft.||We celebrate Labor Day.|
|He couldn’t bend his leg.||That’s a tall ladder.|
|The lamb was eating grass.||Have you seen a butterfly larva?|
|He burned the short log.||That toy has a laser beam.|
|She hurt her lip.||He has a brown lasso.|
|Look now so you don’t miss it.||See you later, alligator!|
|They put a lamp in her room.||The doctor wears latex gloves.|
|The lock was broken.||I layer my clothes when it is cold.|
|The falling leaf was brown.||That is a leaky faucet.|
|The sleeping lion awoke.||That is a legal pad of paper.|
|She couldn’t find the tiny lid.||She had a legit excuse.|
|The grassy land stretched for miles.||I put lemon juice in my water.|
|She is a very nice lady.||Her office is on the fourth level.|
|That is pretty lace.||Pull the lever of the machine.|
|Please don’t be late today.||The lilac bush smells good.|
|I’m going to skip the science lab today.||Drive the speed limit.|
|She sat in her dad’s lap.||Please buy a liter of soda.|
|They didn’t lack anything.||They waited in the hotel lobby.|
|She laid down on the bed.||You need to use logic in math.|
|Time to mow the lawn.||He is a lucky dog.|
|This concert may last a while.||Do you know that song lyric?|
|Their boss will lead the team.||I need a soup ladle.|
|Lean on me if you are tired.||The pilot landed the plane.|
|When you feel happy, leap for joy!||Their lawyer told them to sign the paper.|
|Step with your left foot.||He is the leader of the team.|
|She tried to avoid the lice at school.||They need to layoff some workers.|
|He offered to lend a hand.||Do you like the layout of the page?|
|I took my contact lens out.||He is a living legend.|
|I have a little less time to do my homework tonight.||She wears contact lenses.|
|Try to lick the popsicle before it melts.||My bed has clean linens.|
|That is a long tree limb.||They sometimes linger at the door.|
|The students walked in a line.||Drink lots of liquids.|
|It is a chain link fence.||Do not litter.|
|Use the lint roller on your clothes.||They have many little children.|
|She started a load of laundry.||That is a lively crowd!|
|He bought a loaf of bread.||I don’t like liver and onions.|
|She asked her to loan a pencil.||He wants a pet lizard.|
|The house had a sleeping loft.||Let’s go to the local animal shelter.|
|They drove down a long road.||She is a lonely person.|
|He ate a Froot Loop.||Can you help me loosen the strings?|
|The truck made a loud noise.||It’s a lovely night.|
|Good luck with your test!||The lumber yard was full.|
|She had a lump in her throat.||She is lactose intolerant.|
|The doctor said she had a healthy lung.||I like the lantern glow.|
|The monkey went to latch on to the branch.||I like layered cake.|
|When it is funny, please laugh out loud.||I don’t want a personal lawsuit.|
|I learn every day.||They had a layover in a big city.|
|Get the dog leash.||He is leading a team.|
|We need to leave on time.||leaking bathtub|
|What food do you like the least?||The cake was leaning to the side.|
|Don’t sit on the ledge of a building.||I have a leather jacket.|
|She was hurt and walked with a limp.||Find a leisure activity to do.|
|They stayed in a lodge on vacation.||I have a driver’s license.|
|I can cut the loose string.||The space shuttle lifted off.|
|We walked through the low valley.||I like this limeade drink.|
|Make a sandwich for lunch.||That football lineman is good.|
|Try to lunge at the gym.||He had the longest throw.|
|Watch as they launch the rocket!||What a beautiful mountain lookout!|
|He played in a baseball league.||I had many pieces of luggage.|
|The fall leaves are beautiful.||I like to play lacrosse.|
|His shoe is the length of a ruler.||She needs to act ladylike.|
|I want a lakeside house.|
|The hurricane made landfall.|
|That is a black lamppost.|
|The landfill is smelly.|
|He is a kind landlord.|
|Let’s go to the famous landmark.|
|Did you see that landslide?|
|They heard loud laughter.|
|They like to play leapfrog.|
|They sat in a college lecture.|
|She bought new leggings.|
|We have a lifetime together.|
|This is lukewarm water.|
|This is a delicious luncheon.|
|My lampshade is dark.|
|There are many lifeguards at the beach.|
|It is a brown lifeboat.|
|Eat the lifesaver candy.|
|It is a lightning storm.|
|That is a bright lighthouse.|
|They had a lipsync contest.|
|Watch the livestream on TV.|
|I like lunchmeat on my sandwich.|
|This is a school lunchroom.|
|She has soft loungewear.|
|3 Syllable||4 Syllable|
|He wants to leave a legacy.||They had a legendary time.|
|They live in luxury.||The teacher showed leniency towards her students.|
|There is a red ladybug.||He has leukemia.|
|We have lasagna for dinner.||Reading helps improve literacy.|
|She needs a dancing leotard.||Use the office laminator.|
|The Statue of Liberty is big!||She is an old librarian.|
|They visited the public library.||This is luxurious furniture.|
|They were limited on choices.||Ask the legislator a question.|
|This produce is locally grown.||That is a legitimate question.|
|He had a logical explanation.||It is good to know your limitations.|
|It is a tasty lollipop.||He is a levelheaded person.|
|Sing a lullaby to the baby.||Locomotives have a lot of power.|
|Laminate the paper after you print it.|
|These are latitude lines.|
|These are longitude lines.|
|Put these clothes on layaway.|
|He felt laziness after work.|
|She was feeling lethargic.|
|She is a likeable person.|
|It was a lopsided pillow.|
|It is a loveable dog.|
|It smells like lavender.|
|They have a new lawnmower.|
|I like red licorice.|
|She has limitless options.|
|These are lowercase letters.|
|It is a green leprechaun.|
|They have business letterhead.|
|You need to lubricate the tire.|
|What beautiful landscaping!|
|Use the loudspeaker to talk.|
|They were fun and lighthearted.|
|She is feeling lightheaded.|
|5 Syllable||6 Syllable|
|The state of Louisiana is in the south.||Let’s talk about the liberalization of agriculture.|
|Go to the science laboratory.|
|That is a liability.|
Initial L Words Speech Therapy Ideas
Who doesn’t love a great board game?
Using board games is a great way to reinforce a new or difficult skill.
A few board games that you might want to try for initial l words speech therapy practice are: Sorry!, Pop the Pig, or Jenga.
Do you have students who love Boom Cards?
If so here are a few favorite sets to work on the initial l words for speech therapy:
- FREEBIE St. Patrick’s Day Articulation Game Boom Cards: Initial L Words by Sparkly Speech Girl – play this fun game with your students as they practice the initial l sound.
- Summer Speech Therapy Boom Cards for Articulation Game (Initial /L/ FREE Sample) by Ausome Speech – Practice initial l with this fun game in your classroom.
- Boom Cards ™: Flashlight Find Initial /l/ by 2 Beachiespeechies – Use a flashlight to play this fun game.
If you’re a speech therapist looking for additional ways to work on your student’s initial l sound here are a few worksheets to get you started.
- Initial /L/ Articulation No Prep Worksheets, Activities, Print and Go by Cat Says Meow – 10 pages of no prep activities to practice initial l.
- Freebie! Initial L Unicorn Articulation Worksheet by Everything is Speechie TPT – A fun search and find activity.
- Freebie! Initial L Unicorn Articulation Worksheet by Everything is Speechie TPT – No Prep needed for this teletherapy activity.
- L Initial Sound by SpeechSF – Worksheets to help your student’s practice the initial L sound.
Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to plan your therapy or to work on your child’s l sound?
Try these simple worksheets that could take 5 minutes of practice a day.
Here is a list of 5 minute therapy ideas to work on the initial l sound.
- Word Webs for Initial L, S, and R by Mrs Paulk’s Products – A fun activity to use around Halloween.
- Look Whose /L/ is Popping! Articulation Cut and Paste with Popcorn by World of Speech and Language Resources – Just print and go with this cut paste activity.
- Blocked! Freebie: A sentence-level game for Word Initial /l/ by the Crafty Speechie – Another fun game for your students to play as they practice.
In Conclusion: Initial L Words Speech Therapy
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