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SPEECH RESOURCES

This is a fantastic website that allows you to navigate specific speech sounds in different positions of words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs. You will navigate to word lists, and then to the specific sound your child is working on. There are also activities and apps you can view from their home page. 
https://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html
*I own no rights to the linked website

Things to keep in mind when working with your child:
  • Allow your child to say words slower. Words with multiple syllables are often more difficult for them to navigate, as they use multiple articulators (tongue, teeth, lips, etc.) within the word.
  • If your child is not having success with a speech sound, use "tactile" cues such as pointing to your face to show where the sound is made, or even pointing to your child's face. Some children are visual learners, and need these cues to be successful.
  • Don't keep practicing a sound your child is producing incorrectly. This is called "negative practice" and it encourages their muscle memory to produce the speech sound incorrectly. 
    • Instead: give them a rest and talk about what your articulators do to create the sound. Start with the sound alone, and then add a vowel: say /t/ now say /ta/ now say /top/
    • Always encourage your child for trying. Reinforcement is so important!
  • Research indicates short bursts of practice (5 minutes at a time), multiple times a week is more beneficial than long periods of practice less time each week. 
    • Practicing for 5 minutes each night will really help your child!