How To Say B

B is an earlier developing sound. Typically, children master B by 3 years of age.

How To Say B


Below is a brief explanation on what all the articulators (tongue, lips, teeth, jaw, breath, voice) must do to say /b/correctly.

Lips: Lips must be slightly pressed together (enough not to let air escape but not too much where it feels unnatural).

Tongue: Nothing.  It is relaxed in a neutral position.

Teeth: Nothing. They are relaxed in a resting position.

Jaw: The jaw is up and centered.

Breath: /B/ is a plosive sound which means air bursts out of the mouth upon sound production.

Voice: /B/ is a voiced sound so our voice box is turned on.

Please say B in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your muscles are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say B, you can now better teach your child.

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Cues


How to use this section:

I will introduce all cues that I find helpful. Please read and become familiar with each one. You will not use all of them. Instead, when you are ready to start practicing, you will try a few and figure out which ones are most helpful for your child. Most likely, you will use a combination of a few. Please refer back to this section as needed!

Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for /b/.

Visual

  1. Get out a mirror and have your child put their lips together
  2. Model what a correct /b/ looks like and have your child copy

For visual cues to work, make sure your child is looking at you. You can bring objects near to or point to your mouth to help guide his/her attention.

Verbal

  1. Say “lips together”
  2. Say “hide your teeth”
  3. Say “close lips”

Tactile

  • Lightly press your child’s lips together
  • Have your child put their finger in front of their mouth as if he or she is saying “sh” (but don’t round lips) and then explode with a /b/ to make your finger “pop."

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say B and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach B to start teaching and practicing!


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