F is usually mastered by 5 years of age. If your child is 5 and saying F incorrectly, you are in the right place. Let's Begin!
To learn how to make the F sound we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does.
Lips: Lips are slightly open.
Tongue: Nothing! It is relaxed in a neutral position
Teeth: The most important part! The top teeth rest lightly on the bottom lip.
Breath: F is a fricative sound which means our breath is constant, no breaks or stops
Voice: F is a voiceless sound so our voice box is turned off. To know if your voice box is off, say F while touching your throat. If you don't feel a "buzz," your are doing it right.
Say F in front of a mirror and look and feel what your muscles doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say F, you can teach your child!
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 F.
1. Point to your lip (to encourage your child to put teeth on lip)
2. Point to your mouth as you model the correct production
1. Say "bite lip"
2. Say “teeth on lips"
3. Say "teeth"
1. Touch bottom lip to remind your child to bite lip
2. Tell your child to touch lip and feel teeth
Now that your know how to say F and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach F to start practicing with your child.Speech Home Practice › F Home Page