In order for a child to develop normal speech patterns, they may need the help of a qualified speech pathologist and the support of their family at home to help them practice their sounds.
Once the child can grasp the fundamental basics of the sounds, they can move on to syllables and then broader vocabulary skills.
About teaching speech therapy sounds
You can use these techniques to teach your child speech sounds.
Here are a few simple strategies
Many children can copy the sounds after you demonstrate them. If this method works for you, then the child is considered “stimulable.” This typically means an easier speech therapy process.
If your child cannot simply copy the sound exactly, there is no need to worry. This just means he or she will need a bit of extra help. Some children respond better to pictures and illustrations. These can be illustrations showing exactly how the mouth and tongue must be placed to form a particular sound. Some children respond well to looking into a mirror while they form the sounds. Another fun way to demonstrate speech therapy sounds is by using a hand puppet.
Some children learn better through listening. This can mean reading words and sentences aloud that use the target sound very heavily to help the child grow accustomed to the sound. Another method is to have the child listen to two different sounds and then have them identify which sound is correct, and which is incorrect.
The best way to find the right treatment for your child is to experiment until you start getting results. It is important that the children enjoy the activities and do not grow bored or frustrated. So it can be good to rotate through a few choices. Once you begin to master the speech therapy sounds, move on to more challenging activities that will challenge the child and build vocabulary skills.
This article outlines some of the ways a speech pathologist can teach speech sounds. If you have questions about speech therapy contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.