Cycles 101

April 24, 2022

Cycles 101

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Product: Comprehensive Cycles Unit
Blog: How to choose targets and set up your cycle
Blog: Inside look at a therapy session with the Cycles Approach

Have you been wanting to learn more about the Cycles Approach but aren't sure where to start? Well, you are in the right place! Below you will find the what/when/who/why/how of the Cycles Approach for Phonological Patterns.

The Cycles approach is the approach I use most often with my preschoolers. I 💗 this approach because: (1) I see amazing gains in my students' speech when using it. (2) Only stimulable sounds are targeted which reduces the frustration of something being "too hard" (3) The approach provides a framework for each cycle and therapy session making it very no-prep and simple to execute. 


What is the cycles approach?
- A phonological intervention
-Addresses phonological patterns that are consistent in a child's spontaneous speech
-Targets phonemes in a cycle to remediate the phonological patterns and improve intelligibility 
- Each phoneme for each pattern is targeted for 60 minutes before moving on to the next pattern/phoneme


When was cycles developed?
-Cycles was developed by Barbara Hodson and colleagues in the 80s.


Who is cycles appropriate for?
-Preschool and early elementary age students with highly unintelligible speech
-Limited consonant sound inventory
-Frequent omissions


Why would someone use the cycles approach?
-Evidence based
-Closely matches natural speech acquisition (
-Can reduce frustration In students due to the predictable framework and the fact that only stimulable sounds are targeted.
-Phonemes and activities are changed often which helps with motivation and participation


How do I choose targets and structure my sessions?
Check out these two posts below for more information on the "HOW":
Blog: How to choose targets and set up your cycle

Blog: Inside look at a therapy session with the Cycles Approach 


Do you use the cycles approach with your students? Click the photo below to check out this comprehensive, engaging, and effective cycles unit!

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