Minimal Pairs Voicing / devoicing




A useful resource bank of pictures illustrating common phonological processes, in this case voiced/voiceless, which can be used to make games and activities.

For more information see below.

This Minimal Pairs pack focuses on Voicing/devoicing: when speech sounds are paired in terms of placement of articulation but are differentiated by whether the sound is voiced or voiceless. For example, /p/ and /b/ are produced with exactly the same mouth position, but /p/ is voiceless and /b/ is voiced, which makes the differentiation between ‘pea’ and ‘bee’.

Speech and Language therapists use minimal pairs therapy as an essential element of their practise, to develop a child’s awareness of an error pattern in their speech sound system by highlighting the semantic confusion his/her error can cause.

The Minimal pairs series offer an extensive bank of illustrations which target the most common phonological processes of fronting, backing, gliding, stopping consonant deletion, cluster reductions and voice/voiceless production. For more information see

These packs provide

An essential resource for working on phonological processes with children up to KS2.

A comprehensive bank of minimal pairs, which can be used to make games and activities.

Aim: Use to develop sound awareness skills; help children identify process contrasts, minimal pairs therapy.

Age Range: Foundation Stage – KS1+, 4years – 7years+.

Curriculum Targets: Letters and sounds; P scale; Early Years Foundation Stage.

Assessment Scales: KS1 English.

Format: PDF file, 5 pages of introduction and instructions, 14 pages of colour illustrations with black and white duplicates. Available as a download, 19.3 MB or on CD.

Ref: PIP6-2


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