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67+ STR Words Speech Therapy {Blends & Clusters}

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If you’re on a hunt for STR consonant clusters then you’ve come to the right place.  This list has over 67 STR words for speech therapy that will help strengthen your child or student’s consonant blends. 

Consonant Sounds

Other similar 3 letter blends for s speech sounds:

  • spr-
  • spl-
  • str-
  • scr-

Target Words

Here’s a list of str clusters for any Speech-Language Pathologist to use in clinical practice or to send home for at home practice to work on your student or child’s sound disorders or target sound.

  • Word List Example: string, stricken, strap, strive, stripe, street, stress, straight, struggle, strobe, struck, strict, strike

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

Be sure to grab my one page freebie of STR s blend words below. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and grab your free copy!


Word Positions: STR Words Speech Therapy 

Initial Clusters

The initial consonant of the STR s sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “strep” or “straw”.

Medial Position of Words

Some words have the str sound in the medial position of a word, such as “registry”, “ancestry”, and “pastry”.

Final Position of Words

The final clusters of words are when the target sound is at the end of a word. However, for the str sound there aren’t any words that end in STR.


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

For example, the word “string” would become “sing”. 

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

STR Words at Word Level

Some ways to practice include having your child or student say each STR 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 of the complex clusters of the str sound. 

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

  • 1 Syllable: strong, strength, stress, stretch, string, straight, street, straw, strike, strife, stream, strain, stripes, stroke, streak, strum, strip, stray, strings, stressed, struck, strep, strive, strand, strap, strict, strew, stride, strobe, stripped, strait, strung
  • 2 Syllable: strange, structure, struggles, stranger, stroller, strider, striker, stretchy, stratus, streaming, strolling, strutting, strudel, stroking, struggling, striking, striving, stretcher, strictly, strongly, stronghold, strongness, stratosphere, stressful, straggler, strongman, streetlight, strummer, strongest
  • 3 Syllable: strawberry, strategy, strengthening, straightener, strenuous, structuring, strongheaded, strikeout

Practice in Flash Card Mode Right Here from Your Computer!

str straight
str straw
sktr streaming
str strand
str stream
str streetlight
str stray
str strict
str stroke
str street
str strep
str strong
str struck
str stronghold
str stroller
str stripes
str strongest
str stride
str strobe
str strawberry
str string
str strum
str stretch
str stress
str structure
str straight str straw sktr streaming str strand str stream str streetlight str stray str strict str stroke str street str strep str strong str struck str stronghold str stroller str stripes str strongest str stride str strobe str strawberry str string str strum str stretch str stress str structure

STR Words Speech Therapy

1 Syllable2 Syllable3 Syllable

Short Sentences or Phrases

When working on str sound production, the best way to work on short phrases is 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 STR word phrases to try:

STR Words Speech Therapy in Phrases

1 Syllable2 Syllable3 Syllable
strong armsstrange tasteloves strawberry
strength trainingtall structurenew strategy
stress ballstruggle to sleepstrengthening his legs
stretch on the matmet a strangerstraightener on her hair
string cheesejogging strollerstrenuous exercise
straight linestrider ranstructuring is going
cross the streetstriker kicked the ballstrongheaded girl
straw and cupstretchy pantsstrikeout of the game
on strikestratus clouds
feels strifestreaming a show
cold streamstrolling through town
strain his eyesstrutting around
zebra stripesate a strudel
had a strokestroking his cats fur
paint streakstruggling with eating healthy
strum the guitarstriking the ball
strip off wallpaperstriving to be better
stray doglaid on the stretcher
violin stringsstrictly enforced
stressed outstrongly recommend
struck outis a stronghold
strep throathis strongness is
strive to bestratosphere is a layer
strand of hairstressful situation
strap him instraggler couldnt keep up
strict rulesstrongman won the award
strew seeds aroundstreetlight is out
long stridehe is a strummer
strobe lightsstrongest animal
stripped the stain
dire strait
strung the lights

SEE ALSO: 21 Best Reinforcement Games for Speech Therapy


Sentence Level: STR Words Speech Therapy

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

Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their str 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.

STR Words Speech Therapy in Sentences

1 Syllable2 Syllable3 Syllable
He has strong arms.This drink has a strange taste.The baby loves her strawberry.
She is doing strength training.They looked at the tall structure.The team will try a new strategy.
She uses a stress ball.I sometimes struggle to sleep well.He works on strengthening his legs.
She will stretch on the mat.She did not go to meet the stranger.She uses a straightener on her hair.
I love to eat string cheese.The mom pushes a jogging stroller.This is a strenuous exercise.
He walks in a straight line.The strider walked quickly.The new company structuring is going well.
They look before they cross the street.The striker kicked the ball into the net.She is a strongheaded girl.
She uses a straw and cup.I love to wear my stretchy pants.The team might strikeout of the game.
The workers are on strike.There are some stratus clouds in the sky.
She feels strife.He is relaxing and streaming a show.
The cold stream is frozen.The couples are strolling through town.
He strains his eyes to see without glasses.The bird is strutting around.
A zebra has stripes.I ate a strudel for breakfast.
He is in the hospital after his stroke.He is stroking his cats fur.
There is a blue paint streak on the wall.She is struggling with eating healthy.
He strums the guitar.The bat is striking the ball.
He begins to strip off wallpaper.We are all striving to be better.
I found a stray dog.He laid on the stretcher.
The violin strings are beautiful.The rules are strictly enforced.
They feel stressed out.I strongly recommend this restaurant.
Te boy struck out of the baseball game.That castle is a stronghold.
She has strep throat.His strongness is obvious.
They strive to be better.The stratosphere is a layer of earth’s atmosphere.
I found a grey strand of hair.This is a stressful situation.
The mom straps him into the carseat.The straggler couldn’t keep up with the others.
He follows the strict rules.The strongman won the award.
He strews seeds around for the birds.The streetlight is out.
He runs with long strides.He is a strummer and makes music.
There are strobe lights at the concert.An elephant is the strongest animal.
They stripped the stain off the table before they painted it.
The company is in dire straits.
He strung the lights in the backyard.

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!


STR Words Speech Therapy Ideas

Here are a few ideas to work on your students str blends.

STR Articulation Card Games

Cards are another fun and engaging way to strengthen your child or student’s treatment targets.

Here are a few favorite different games for young children to work on the STR sounds at different levels: 


SEE ALSO: Free Articulation Games for Speech Therapy

Video Game

Any speech therapists who love using video games to work on speech intelligibility have come to the right place! 

Here are a couple of games that you can use in your therapy room to work on the STR single sounds in r blends.

  • STR Crazy via Quia is a set of interactive online games for students to practice STR articulation. They can choose from flashcards, matching, or a word search to hit multiple STR productions!
  • /Str/ Words via Quia by Ms. Milona is a great list of Str Words for students to practice multiple productions. Feel free to make this a matching game or concentration game.
  • STR Words via Quia by Shanise Showell is a fun word search game for students to play online! Search for multiple STR blend words.

Interactive Whiteboards

Using interactive whiteboards is one of those powerful tools because you can practically use it to work on any skill your student is working on.

  • How to Use Jamboard by Speech Therapy Store – A simple and easy to use whiteboard tool by Google that you can use to create fillable lessons.

Age Range – School Years

According to the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation 2 from 2000, most children have mastered the ST blend by the time they are following ages of 6 years of age. (This is a standardized sample from the GFTA-2 with 85% of children able to correctly produce that consonant by that age.)

If you are concerned about your child’s ability to produce this sound, it is best to consult a speech therapist about receiving speech services.

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Speech 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 the 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).

In Conclusion: STR Words Speech Therapy

We hope you have found this article helpful for working on your child or student’s str sound. 

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