b or d? End the Confusion: Part 2

Enrichment Therapies

April 3, 2017

By Megan Hughes, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

Previously, I described 3 helpful analogies used to teach your child the difference between mirror-image letters “b” and “d”. Find this information here!

Once your child becomes more successful at identifying these letters, it is time to work on increasing their speed and accuracy! Here are some  fun activities to help end the confusion:

  1. Hang this B:D Letter Worksheet on a wall.  Have your child stand about 3-5 feet from the wall.  The student should say the sound the letter makes (not the letter name).  You can start at any line.  Change the line at which you start each day so the child doesn’t start to memorize the pattern.  You only need to do about 4-5 lines at a time.  If the child is frustrated, only do 2-3 and work your way up to more and more.  Level 1- Stand in front of the page and do the above instructions.  Level 2- Have your child say the sounds to a metronome beat.  Gradually increase the rate to where it is challenging but not too frustrating.  Level 3- Add a physical movement like jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline or just on the floor.  See if your child can say one sound for each jump.  If that’s too hard, do a sound for every two jumps and gradually get faster.  Level 4- When the student sees and says a /b/ sound he jumps with his legs out.  When the student sees and says a /d/ sound, jump with his feet together.  This is a great exercise to get both sides of the brain working hard together.  Try it!  It’s not easy.  When the student becomes comfortable with that movement, change the movement here are some ideas:b – legs jump front and back – legs jump apartb – legs jump together d – legs jump front to back b – legs jump scissors d – legs jump apart Feel free to make up your own…maybe add in some arm movements!
  2. Make it more challenging by putting the letters in syllables using this B:D Syllable Worksheet! Use the same directions as above.
  3. Lastly, have them identify the letters in words AND add “p” into the mix using this B:D:P Word Worksheet! The letter “p” is another letter commonly confused with “b” and “d”.

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


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