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To learn how to say the K sound we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does.
Lips: Lips are slightly open.
Tongue: The back of the tongue is pressed against the top, back part of the mouth (try it and feel where your tongue is)
Teeth: Teeth are slightly apart in a neutral position
Breath: K is a stop or plosive sound which means our breath bursts out of our mouth upon sound production
Voice: K is a voiceless sound so our voice box is turned off. To know if your voice box is off, say K while touching your throat. If you don't feel a "buzz," you are doing it right!
Please say K 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 K, you can teach your child!
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 K.
Now that your know how to say K and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach K to start teaching and practicing!