D Words
For Speech Therapy Home Practice

If your child is having trouble saying the sound D, you have come to the right place! 

Below, you will find a brief description on how to say D, a word list that can be used to make flashcards, be used as stimuli for an articulation game, or for a quick drill practice at home. 

At the end, there are some sample games for functional speech therapy practice. 

Enjoy!

How to Say D

To say the sound /d/, put the tip of your tongue behind your teeth. This spot is called the alveolar ridge or the "bumpy" spot.

  • Cue your child to put their tongue behind their teeth. 
  • The concept of "behind" can be tricky to grasp. If so, try to put peanut butter or yogurt on the "bumpy spot" to have them feel where their tongue should go.

D Word List

Initial


Medial


Final


Dad

Daddy

Bed

Door

Lady

Sand

Dance

Sledding

Bread

Dog

Candy

Band

Duck

Birthday

Read

Day

Candle

Seed

Drive

Hotdog

Sled

Down

Spider

Bird

Dinner

Windy

Cloud

Dough

Shadow

Hide

Dish

Under

Mud

Doll

Muddy

Wood

Dirt

Cloudy

Slide

Desk

Adult

Child

Done

Radio

Grade

Date

Ladder

Good

Daughter

Wedding

Kid

Dozen

Reading

Loud

Dollar

Riding

Side

Deck

Idea

Salad



Articulation Games for D

D is an earlier developing sound. Therefore, the games listed below are for younger children. Feel free to tweak them to meet the needs of your child.  Take turns with your child saying the desired words. It is important to practice hearing as well as saying  the sound.

  1. Duck - Say "duck" as you duck your head, put a rubber duck in water and say "duck"
  2. Dance - Play a version of " Dance Simon Says," say "dance" to start dancing and then say stop 
  3. Dog - Hide a dog in a bucket and say "dog" everytime you find it
  4. Candy - Put candy in a jar and say "candy" for every turn
  5. Windy - Say "windy" as you make wind with a piece of paper or fan
  6. Spider - Sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" slowly
  7. Shadow - Outside, make shadows or jump in each other's shadow as you say "shadow"
  8. Slide - Make a slide out of a book or cardboard box and have toys slide down as you say "slide"
  9. Hide - Say "hide" as you hide under a blanket
  10. Sand - Say "sand" while digging in a sand box

These games can be played at home or anywhere. Try to adapt any game your child is already playing to squeeze in some fun "D" practice.

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Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

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