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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!
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.
1. Open mouth wide to show how the tongue is in the back of the mouth when saying K and have your child imitate
2. Place your hand on your throat to remind your child to move their tongue to the back of of their mouth
1. Say "move tongue back"
2. Say “tongue back"
1. Touch your child's throat lightly to encourage their tongue to move backwards
2. Tell your child to touch their throat while saying K to "help" their tongue move to the right position
Now that your know how to say K and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach K & Syllable Practice to start teaching and practicing!