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90+ SP Words Speech Therapy {Initial Blends + Free Resources}

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I’m excited that I get to share with parents and speech therapists my latest SP consonant blends word lists. This blog post includes just over 90+ SP words for speech therapy. 


Phonological Processes

One phonological disorder a child or student might be experiencing when it comes to s blends in the initial position of words is called consonant cluster reduction. 

For example, consonant cluster reduction is when a child or student reduces two or three consonant sounds down to just one consonant sound, such as the “sp” blend down to simply the p sound. 

For example, the word “spy” would become “pie”. 

Be sure to consult with a certified Speech-Language Pathologist if your child is experiencing a phonological speech disorder.

Minimal Pairs

Using minimal pairs is a great idea when working on cluster reduction of initial s blends.

For example, when using minimal pairs for cluster reduction with a child’s speech sounds you could use the minimal pairs of “speak” and “peak”. 

One of the first things you can try is to show the child or student pictures of a person speaking vs. a mountain peak and have them listen to hear the different sound at the beginning of each word. 

You could lay out the two pictures for the words speak and peak and then ask the child to point to the picture of someone speaking or a picture of a mountain peak. 

You could then move on to have the child be the teacher and tell you to pick up the correct words either the picture of the word  “speak” or “peak”. If you pick up the incorrect picture due to their sound errors you could then point to the picture of the word they just said. 

The English language can be confusing and young children may have a hard time producing the right sound, but using visual picture cards and minimal pair words can be helpful for your phonology students.


Correct Production

Teach your child or student how to make the s sound or also known as the snake sound.

  • Tongue Tip: The /s/ sound in the English language is made by lightly placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of the mouth on the alveolar ridge right behind your upper front teeth.
  • Middle of the Tongue: Be sure to place the sides of the tongue against the upper side of your teeth to allow for the passage of air to go down the center of the tongue.
  • Air: Then while smiling blow a skinny stream of air over the center of the tongue (you do not want the air to come out the sides of the tongue).

Target Words

Here’s a list of SP articulation sounds for you to use in therapy or at home practice to work on your student or child’s new skill.

  • For Example: spy, speak, spin, spit, spatula, spark, spiral, spot, sport, speech, spine, space, spun, spare, spill

See full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.

Be sure to grab my one page freebie of initial SP sounds below. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and grab your free copy!


Word Positions: SP Words Speech Therapy 

Initial Position of Words

The initial position of the SP sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “spider” or “speed”.

SP Words at Word Level

Some ways to practice include having your child or student say each SP word one by one as they go through a list. 

Using a dot marker can also be a fun way to practice having your child put a dot under each SP sound. 

In addition, I’ve compiled an easy-to-download one page overview of initial SP sounds below. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this post and download your free copy.

  • 1 Syllable: spring, space, Spain, spoon, sport, speed, spot, spout, spike, spin, speech, spear, spell, sprout, spark, spec, spare, sport, span, spill, spine, spray, speak, spar, spade, spire, spouse, spam, spy, spore, split, spit, spook, spur, splash, spoke, spread, spots, sprung, spry, springs
  • 2 Syllable: special, spirit, sponge, sparkle, Spanish, species, speechless, Sparta, spider, spinach, Spencer, sparkler, spelling, spalding, sparkling, spooky, speeding, sparrow, speaking, spiral, splendor, sprinkles, splinter, spirits, spectrum, splatter, spotlight, spoken, spoiled, Spokane, spinal
  • 3 Syllable: sporadic, spaghetti, spaceship, spatula, sportsmanship, spectator, sponsorship
  • 4 Syllable: sporadically, spectacular, spiritual, specialty, specificness

Practice in Flash Card Mode Right Here from Your Computer!

sp spring
sp spaghetti
sp space
sp spot
sp spark
sp spain
sp spanish
sp sparkle
sp spare
sp sparrow
sp spouse
sp spine
sp speech
sp spider
sp spatula
sp spaceship
sp spear
sp spill
sp sprout
sp sport
sp spoon
sp spin
sp speed
sp spell
sp sponge
sp spring sp spaghetti sp space sp spot sp spark sp spain sp spanish sp sparkle sp spare sp sparrow sp spouse sp spine sp speech sp spider sp spatula sp spaceship sp spear sp spill sp sprout sp sport sp spoon sp spin sp speed sp spell sp sponge

SP Words Speech Therapy

1 Syllable2 Syllable
3 Syllable4 Syllable

Short Sentences or Phrases

When working on SP sound production, it’s important to work on short phrases once your child or student has mastered the sound at the word level at or near 80% or higher accuracy.

Here is a list of SP word phrases to try:

SP Words Speech Therapy in Phrases

1 Syllable2 Syllable
spring flowersspecial day
moon in spaceyoung spirit
visit Spaincleaning sponge
spoon and forksparkle in his eye
loves to play sportSpanish class
car speedsnew species
cheetah has spotswas speechless
water spoutSparta was a place
spike in his tirespider web
spin aroundspinach salad
speech classSpencer called
fishing for spearspeaker turned up
spelling quizspelling bee
sprout upsparkling lights
spark starts the firespooky stories
computer specsspeeding ticket
spare tiresparrow flew
camping sporkspeaking loudly
life spanspiral staircase
juice spillgreat splendor
x-ray spinesprinkles on her cupcake
bug spraysplinter in my finger
speak loudlylifted spirits
spar on the matwide spectrum
uses the spadepaint splatter
tall spirespotlight on him
stood next to spousespoken to calmly
spam callspoiled dog
spy glassestrip to Spokane
mold sporespinal surgery
the road split
spit on the ground
noise spooked them
spur on her boots
splash in the water
spoke her opinions
spread on the butter
red spots
sprung into action
was spry
springs recoiled
3 Syllable4 Syllable
sporadic decisionssporadically visits
eat spaghettispectacular view
saw a spaceshipspiritual retreat
spatula for cookingspecialty pizza
good sportsmanship
was a spectator
had sponsorship

SEE ALSO: 21 Best Reinforcement Games for Speech Therapy

Sentence Level: SP Words Speech Therapy

The next step after working at the word and phrase levels is to work on the SP sound at the sentence level.

For example, you could give your child or student a list of sentences to read aloud while they work on their SP sound. 

Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their SP sound in them and then have them create a sentence about those pictures.

Below is a list of sentences to use with your child or students.

SP Words Speech Therapy in Sentences

1 Syllable2 Syllable
The spring flowers are blooming.Today is a special day.
We saw the moon in space.She has a young spirit.
I want to visit Spain.I used a cleaning sponge.
I forgot my spoon and fork.He has a sparkle in his eye.
He loves to play sports.I am taking a Spanish class.
The car speeds down the road.They discovered a new species.
The cheetah has spots.I was speechless.
The water spout is leaking.Sparta was a place in Rome.
He has a spike in his tire.The spider built its web.
The ride spins around.I ate a spinach salad.
He goes to his speech class.Spencer called his friend.
They are fishing for spear.The speaker should be turned up.
She studeied for her spelling quiz.I am in the spelling bee.
The plants sprout up.The sparkling lights were beautiful.
The spark starts the fire.They told spooky stories.
The computer specs are fast.He got a speeding ticket.
The spare tire is on the back of the car.The sparrow flew from the tree.
I used my camping spork.She is speaking loudly.
That has a long life span.I walked up the spiral staircase.
The juice spilled.The old house still has great splendor.
The doctor took an x-ray of his spine.She puts sprinkles on her cupcake.
They put on bug spray.There is a splinter in my finger.
She speaks loudly.Her friend helped lift her spirits.
The karate class will spar on the mat.There is a wide spectrum.
She uses the spade to garden.The paint splatter is on the wall.
The castle has a tall spire.He does not like the spotlight on him.
He stood next to his spouse.He wants to be spoken to calmly.
I blocked the spam call.The spoiled dog has lots of treats.
He wore spy glasses.They took a trip to Spokane.
The mold spores spread quickly.He is having spinal surgery.
The country road split into two.
He spit on the ground.
The loud noise spooked the horses.
She has a spur on her boots.
The ducks splash in the water.
She always spoke her opinions.
I spread the butter on my toast.
There are blue spots on her dress.
He sprung into action.
The man was spry for his old age.
The springs recoiled.
3 Syllable4 Syllable
He makes sporadic decisions.My brother sporadically visits.
They love to eat spaghetti.The mountains have a spectacular view.
They saw a spaceship.They went on a spiritual retreat.
I used a spatula for cooking.She ordered the specialty pizza.
He practices good sportsmanship.
He was a spectator at the game.
She had sponsorship.

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Need A Different Sound?

Do you have students with other sound disorders? Then you’ll want to check out my complete growing list of all my articulation word lists!

SP Words Speech Therapy Ideas

Below is a list of therapy ideas for when working on the SP sound.

Video Game

Are you looking to add some fun and engaging activities to your therapy sessions? 

Video games are a great way to reinforce practice while working on your students’ sounds. 

Some fan favorite video games to try are: 

SEE ALSO: Free Articulation Games for Speech Therapy

Variety of Home Practice Sheets

Do you have some students who are making slow progress? Why not send home some simple worksheets to give your students some extra practice across multiple settings? 

Here are a few fun and engaging ways to strengthen your child or student’s articulation therapy from home.

  • FREE Initial S Blends Drill Worksheet by the Speech Spot Creations is a great resource to send home for parents/caregivers to practice articulation drilling with their students! This is a comprehensive list of many s blends, including SP.
  • I Spy “Sp” Blends! By Speech and Language Adventures is an easy to print and send home set of worksheets for students to play “I Spy” and find the words that start with SP!
  • Articulation /s/ by An SLP’s Archive is a great passage for students to practice reading at home that has multiple S blend targets.

Conversation Level

Once your child or student has mastered the different levels at the word level, phrase level, and sentence level then it’s time to start working at the conversational level. 

Here are a few conversational level resources to get you started.


No Prep Worksheets

If you’re looking for a simple way to work on your child or student’s articulation practice here are a handful of no prep worksheets to make therapy simple.


Therapy Room

Are you a speech therapist looking for SP words to practice with your clients? 

Here are a couple of fun worksheets and games that you can use in your therapy room to work on the initial SP sound.

SEE ALSO: 279+ Free Speech Therapy Digital Materials

Language Therapy

Do you have students working on language therapy along with S initial sounds? Here are a few resources that work on both skills.


In Conclusion: SP Words Speech Therapy

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