Welcome to Speech Therapy at Home: S Home Articulation Practices. This is your home page for all things S. Please bookmark or add to your favorites so you can refer back to it as your child progress through each level.
Many children have difficulty saying S correctly and it can be quite a lot of work to fix. Therefore, S has a few extra sections to help with the process.
The S sound is a relatively later developing sound, usually acquired by 8 years of age. Some children master this sound earlier; but, it can be normal to make errors up until 8 years of age. However, if your child has a lateral lisp, practices need to begin immediately. This error pattern is not developmentally normal. More on this later.
Below you will find:
In order to teach S to your child effectively, you must know how to say S yourself. I will teach you tactile, verbal, and visual cues as well.
This section is for parents to understand the mechanics behind making the S sound. This way you will be able to better coach your child. This section is not to be missed even if your child has been practicing S for awhile. it is always good to take a quick re-fresher course.
Knowing what errors your child is making is essential for the initial teaching phase. Some children substitue another sound for S. If this is the case, you can skip this section. However, if your child has a lisp, please click below. It is important to know if your child has a frontal or lateral lisp.
Learn how to teach S to your child here. Your teaching strategies will depend on the errors your child is making. Please refer to the section above if you haven't already done so. If you have, click below and let's start teaching!
If your child is just starting to practice S, begin here at the syllable level. If your child is already attending speech therapy for S, skip this section and move on to the word level below.
The syllable level is the easiest since all other speech demands are taken away. Also, your child is not repeating words that he or she has already learned incorrectly. He or she can start from a clean slate.
Please visit S Syllable Level to get started
At this level, it is important to practice saying S in the beginning (initial), middle (medial), and end (final) position of words. Your child's mouth has to coordinate and move muscles differently depending on where the sound falls within a word. Once your child can say S in words, move on to the sentence level below.
It is normal if this stage lasts longer than the syllable stage. However, don’t get stuck here if your child misses a word here or there. 100% accuracy is rare and not necessary!
This is the most exciting phase since this is where a new speech habit is solidified.
In order to encourage carryover of progress, you will throw away all speech cards and practice saying S in sentences during structured games.
Visit S Sentence Level Games to get started