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How To Say SH

To learn how to make the SH sound we must know what each articulator (tongue, lips, teeth, breath, jaw, and voice) does.

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How To Say SH

Let's break it down here.

Tongue: The tongue plays an important role in SH. The sides of the tongue rest on the molars. The tongue is raised and the middle part of the tongue is pressed against the roof of the mouth. Say SH and feel where your tongue is now.

Lips: The lips are the most important part! They are rounded like an "O." Say SH again and feel/look at what the lips do.

Teeth: The teeth have a VERY SLIGHT gap to allow for air flow. 

Jaw: The jaw must be up and centered.

Breath: Airflow is continuous. It does not stop.

Voice: SH is a voiceless sound which means the voice box is turned off.  Say SH while touching your throat. If you don't feel anything, you are doing it right!


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 SH.


1. Put finger in front of lips as if you are shushing someone

2. Make your lips like an O 

3. Point to lips


1. Say “tongue up"

2. Say “round lips"

3. Say “jaw up"

4. Say “good SH sound"


1.Gently press up behind your child's chin to raise tongue up

2. Gently squeeze the corners of the lips together to make the lips round

Pick and choose which cues work best for your child. You do not have to use any or maybe you need all of them.

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