Are you a speech therapist working on the st consonant blend sound? As Speech-Language Pathologists, we are always in need of articulation lists! I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and gathered over 90 st consonant clusters. Hopefully taking some of the work off your plate. Also, don’t forget to use our flashcard set of st words for speech therapy practice below!
ST Words Speech Therapy
Below I’ve outlined target words, phrases, and sentences for practice as well as interactive flashcards and a free one-page printable with real-life photos.
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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, such as the “st” blend down to simply the s sound.
For example, the word “stick” would become “sick”.
Be sure to consult with a certified Speech Language Pathologist if your child is experiencing a phonological speech disorder.
Using minimal pairs is a great idea when working on cluster reduction of initial blends.
For example, when using minimal pairs for cluster reduction with a child’s st speech sounds you could use the minimal pairs of “stack” and “sack”.
One of the first things you can try is to show the child or student pictures of a “stack” vs. a “sack” 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 “stack” and “sack” and then ask the child to point to the picture of the stack or the picture of the sack.
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 “stack” or “sack”. 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 consonant clusters, but using visual picture cards and minimal pair words can be helpful for your phonology students.
Here’s a list of st blends for you to use in your therapy room or at home for more practice.
- St Blend Sound Examples: stick, stuck, stamp, steep, stink, step, stop, star, stool, stove
See full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.
Be sure to grab my free speech articulation worksheets of st-blends below for your articulation therapy. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and grab your free copy!
The initial s sound is made by lightly placing the tip of your tongue on the alveolar ridge, the area right behind your upper front teeth.
First, place the sides of the tongue against the upper side of your teeth in order to allow for the passage of air to go down the center of the tongue.
Then while smiling blow a skinny stream of air over the center of your tongue (you do not want the air to come out the sides of the tongue).
Word Level: ST Words Speech Therapy
The initial position of the st sound is at the beginning of a word followed by vowel sounds. For example, “stone” or “stay”.
- 1 Syllable: star, stone, step, state, start, storm, stick, stay, stop, stand, stage, stem, stove, store, sty, stock, sting, stuck, stain, still, state, stage, steak, staff, stage, stairs, stamp, stair, stool, steel, stack, stab, steps, stuff, stow, stare, stomp, stall, steal, steam, stud, stern, sticks, stork, stacks, stale, store
- 2 Syllable: story, student, stomach, Stella, station, standard, status, Stephen, style, stalker, stallion, starving, study, steady, stunning, standing, storage, stinky, starfish, stolen, stapler, stabbing
- 3 Syllable: stencil, stampede, starvation, studious, stomachache, stagecoach, stepmother, stargazing
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Initial ST Words for Speech Therapy
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable||3 Syllable|
When working on initial st blends, 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 initial st word phrases to try:
ST Words Speech Therapy in Phrases
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable||3 Syllable|
|lone star||story time||new stadium|
|big stone||new student||studio lights|
|step down||stomach ache||studied statistics|
|biggest state||Stella jumped||long stamina|
|start line||fire station||staggering bills|
|storm clouds||standard look||statement of peace|
|chased stick||update your status||steadily climbing|
|stay there||Stephen high fived||new stencil|
|stop sign||neutral style||bison stampede|
|stand up||stalker turned||brought starvation|
|on stage||painted stallion||stepfather smiled|
|flower stem||starving cat||studious student|
|stove top||study hard||stomachache from milk|
|the store||boat is steady||stagecoach ride|
|sty in my eye||stunning look||stepmother smiled|
|stock the fridge||standing around||stargazing tomorrow|
|bee sting||storage box||look straightforward|
|stuck in mud||stinky trash||best stockbroker|
|coffee stain||pink starfish||prisoner straitjacket|
|be still||stolen car||new stepparent|
|ordered steak||black stapler|
|hiring staff||stabbing pain|
|climbed the stairs|
|stamp on letter|
|stir the soup|
|stack the blocks|
|counting the steps|
|stuff the towel|
|stare at the sun|
|steal the bag|
|stud in the wall|
|stacks of paper|
|out to the store|
|stub my toe|
Sentence Level: ST Words Speech Therapy
The next step after working at the word and phrase levels are to work on st blends 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 st articulation sound.
Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their st 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.
ST Words Speech Therapy in Sentences
|1 Syllable||2 Syllable|
|The lone star was bright.||The kids love story time.|
|She found a big stone.||Please welcome the new student.|
|It is 3 steps down.||I have a stomach ache.|
|Alaska is the biggest state.||Stella jumped on the trampoline.|
|He walked to the start line.||The fire station on the corner is new.|
|Storm clouds are rolling in.||My grades are below the standard.|
|The dog chased the stick.||Update your away status on your computer.|
|Please stay right there.||Stephen high-fived his friend.|
|He saw a stop sign.||I have a neutral style.|
|Time to stand up.||The stalker turned away before the police saw him.|
|She was nervous about being on stage.||The painted stallion galloped.|
|I plucked a long flower stem.||The starving cat ate the whole can of food.|
|The stove top is hot.||I will study hard for my test.|
|I am going to the store.||The boat is steady as it glides across the water.|
|There is a sty in my eye.||The green dress and dark makeup are a stunning look.|
|I had to stock the fridge.||The students were just standing around.|
|The bee stung her foot.||It is in the storage box in the garage.|
|The truck is stuck in the mud.||Please take out the stinky trash.|
|There is a coffee stain on my shirt.||I saw a pink starfish.|
|The toddler can’t stay still.||The police found the stolen car.|
|She ordered steak.||I put the black stapler on my desk.|
|We are hiring new staff.||There is a stabbing pain on my side.|
|He climbed the stairs.|
|Put a stamp on the letter.|
|I need to stir the soup.|
|She fell off the bar stool.|
|I work in the steel industry.|
|The baby stacks the blocks.|
|I have a stiff neck.|
|The stab wound was minor.|
|She is counting the steps.|
|She stuffed the towel in the closet.|
|Please stow away your phone.|
|Do not stare right at the sun.|
|She began to stomp around.|
|The horse stall is clean.|
|She felt guilty for stealing the bag.|
|The steam rose from the kettle.|
|He found the stud in the wall for the nail.|
|The dad gave a stern look.|
|We need 2 more glue sticks.|
|The stork landed by the water.|
|There are stacks of paper in the office.|
|The stale bread crumbled apart.|
|I need to go out to the store.|
|It hurt when I stubbed my toe.|
|A new stadium was built.|
|The studio lights were so bright.|
|I studied statistics.|
|The marathon runner has a long stamina.|
|The vet bills were staggering.|
|The king made a statement of peace.|
|She steadily climbed up the mountain.|
|I need a new stencil.|
|The bison stampede crushed the grass.|
|The famine brought starvation to the land.|
|The stepfather smiled.|
|She is a studious student.|
|I have a stomach ache from drinking too much milk.|
|I am excited about the stagecoach ride.|
|Her stepmother waved at her.|
|I went stargazing last night.|
|The teacher told him to look straightforward.|
|She is the best stockbroker I know.|
|The prisoner had to wear a straitjacket.|
|She is a new stepparent.|
ST Final Positions
Were you hoping to find a list of st blends at the end of a word?
If you answered yes, here is a list of 12 to get you started!
Were you hoping to find a list of initial sn blends for your speech students?
If you answered yes, here is a list of 12 to get you started! Or simply grab my entire list of 65+ sn words and don’t forget to download the free pdf as well.
ST Words Speech Therapy Ideas
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. Here are a few video games to try!
- Arctic – S Blend Words by Quia has some fun, interactive games like matching, flashcards and word finds!
- Martha’s S Blend Challenge by Quia is a fun challenge board for 2 players to practice articulation of the S blends.
- Articulation Practice for S Blends by Quia is a great bundle of activities that target S blend production.
Do you have a group of students with articulation goals and language goals?
Here are a couple of worksheets for the st blends that include some language skills as well.
- FREE St. Patrick’s Day Articulation Gold Coin Game Speech Therapy March by Sparkly Speechie is a fun interactive game with many opportunities to practice repetition of /st/.
- Sliding Worksheets Boom Cards FREEBIE for ST Blends Articulation by Activity Tailor is a great resource to give students that need a visual cue to help with articulating /st/.
Cluster Reduction Packet
Are you working on st-blends to work on the phonological process of cluster reduction?
If so, here are a couple of different approaches to work on cluster reductions of st-blends.
- Free Winter Speech Therapy Dot Art: Consonant Cluster Reduction (S Blends) by Ausome Speech is a simple, low prep activity to engage students in the practice of st cluster reduction.
- Phonology Interactive Mini-Books Cluster Reduction: /st/ by Teach Speech 365 is a packet that targets cluster reduction for ST. You can get up to 100 trials by just reading the book!
- ST blend Cluster Reduction sentences – FREEBIE by Gillian Scandurra is a pack of sentence activities to help target the reduction of st clusters. Included are sentence cards and a data collection sheet.
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 couple of worksheets for the st blends that would be great to send home for practice.
- FREE Medial & Final S Blends Drill Worksheet by The Speech Spot Creations is a set of print-and-go worksheets that can be used to practice s blends. It is simple and great to send home!
- S-Blends Coloring Sheets by Zamora Gissell is a simple and fun way for students to practice saying st and other s blends as they color the worksheets.
Low Prep Worksheets
Feeling like you don’t have enough time to prep for your speech therapy sessions?
If you want a simple way to get your therapy session started with little to no prep why not grab one of these friendly print out worksheets and get started?
- S Blends Articulation Bingo *Freebie* by Michelle’s Communication Corner is an easy, no-prep game for your students to practice /st/ and other S blends! Just print and go!
- St. Patrick’s Day Dot Art for Spring | No Prep by Language Speech Literacy is a no prep, engaging activity for your students to color and practice high repetition of the target sound.
- FREE Speech Therapy Game – Articulation S Blends by The Elementary SLP – Kelly Workman is a dice deck series game with lots of opportunities to practice /st/ and other S blends! It is interactive, fun, and engaging!
Boom cards are another fun and engaging way to strengthen your child’s speech skills.
Here are a few favorite boom cards to work on initial st blends:
- FREE “S” St. Patrick’s Day Articulation Sort BOOM Cards for Speech Therapy by Sunflower SLP is an engaging and fun boom deck to get kids practicing /st/ and other s blends.
- Articulation Aquarium BOOM Cards: Initial SP and ST FREEBIE Sample by Panda Speech Therapy is a simple but fun game for drilling St and sp articulation! Students drag items into the aquarium while practicing the correct pronunciation.
- S Blends Valentines Day Articulation Game by Jennie’s Speech Room is a fun, no-prep game that targets S blends and /st/. Students take turns looking under the hidden lion and then articulate the correct sound.
In Conclusion: ST Words Speech Therapy
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