To learn how to make the V sound you 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: V is a fricative sound which means our breath is constant, no breaks or stops
Voice: V is a voiced sound so our voice box is on. To know if your voice box is on, say V while touching your throat. If you feel a "buzz," you are doing it right!
Please say V in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your articulators are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say V, you can teach your child!
Tip: If you have been working on F, V is very similar. The only difference is voicing. V is a voiced sound.
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 V.
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 (tactile & verbal)
Now that your know how to say V and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach V & Syllable Level Practice to start teaching and practicing with your child.