An Interview with Clint Johnson: About Hidden Pictures Scenes for Articulation and Language

Sep 19, 2012 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy –

1)    First of all, I have just seen this wonderful product that seems to help with the development of articulation and language. When did these articulation and language activities appear?

We had a hidden pictures book that was discontinued, but we wanted to give teachers, parents, and speech therapists a reusable format that was more engaging than worksheets. This year we published the Hidden Picture Scenes.

2)    Who was the illustrator? Who dreamed this idea up?

Mark Bristol illustrated the Hidden Picture Scenes. Mark is a very creative artist who also drew all of the pictures in the bestselling Webber Jumbo Articulation Series.

3)  Why is it that kids seem to have problems with the S, R, L and S/R/L blend sounds?

The oral-motor movements that are required to produce these sounds are much more complex than other sounds. For instance, R is the only sound that the tongue does not touch another part of the mouth. Also, there are over 10 ways to produce the R sound and all of them are correct. S, R, and L are also later-developing sounds so we expect young children to have difficulty with them.

4)    There is a CD that comes with this package—what is on it?

The CD allows you to print all of the boards found in the games so that students can take them home and practice.

5)    I thought that this package also helps with attention, concentration, and visual discrimination. Am I off on this?

No, you are very correct. Searching for hidden pictures requires all of those skills.

6)    Now, what ages and grades is this for?

This is for students in grades PreK–6. Young children may need some extra help with these, but I think all children enjoy this kind of activity.

7)    Would this help kids who are second-language learners?

Sure. All of the stories are great for teaching vocabulary and encouraging conversation.

8)    Where could I find out more about Hidden Picture Scenes? Would you call it an intervention or remediation?

You can read more about Hidden Picture Scenes—and even watch a video about it—at And I would say it is an intervention tool and a fun, engaging way to practice speech sounds.

9)    What have I neglected to ask?

Do we plan to do sets with other sounds, and that answer is a resounding YES!

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