On the Farm!

Something I do a lot in therapy for my kiddos with apraxia of speech is sing! One of my favorite go-to songs that everybody knows is Old McDonald Has a Farm. The reason I like this song is because it is repetitive, targets vowel sounds, and has several of the early developing speech sounds. Along with the song, I like to work on animal sounds either as single syllables to target sequencing consonant-vowel words OR as two syllable words to target duplicated consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel words. Here’s a parent-friendly breakdown of the activities as well as a free download for parents.


Old McDonald Has a Farm is a great song to practice alternating mouth movements for vowel sounds. When you get to the “eee-iii-eee-iii-ooo” part, slow down so your child can sing with you. Draw attention to your mouth by pointing to your lips so your child can see how they move for the different vowel sounds. To simplify the activity, you can sing the eee-iii-eee-iii” part and then pause for your child to fill in the “ooo” at the end.

simple two syllable words

Many farm animal sounds are made up of early developing sounds and vowels. Duplicating these sounds can be an easy way to practice two syllable words for children that have difficulty sequencing syllables. You can use these sounds in the Old McDonald Has a Farm song, while doing a farm puzzle, or while playing with farm animals. Put the puzzle pieces or animals in your lap or in a box so your child can request for them. Instead of requiring the child say the name of the animal, model the consonant-vowel combinations listed below and have your child repeat. You can tap their arm two times to emphasis the two parts in the word.

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