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Teach V To Your Child

You are going to teach the V sound to your child here and then practice this skill at the syllable level. Your child will learn how to say V correctly in the beginning, medial, and end of syllables. If you are just starting your home practice for V, this is a very important first step.

Teach V With a Mirror

You are going to teach your child the V sound using a mirror. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by the mirror, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.

V is a visual sound which means that your child can easily see how to say it by looking at you. Bring attention to your face as much as possible during these practices.

Mirror Game

Materials: A mirror and the V syllable list

How to do activity:

1. Sit down at a table with your child. Get out a portable mirror. If you don't have a portable mirror, you can go into the bathroom and use the bathroom mirror. 

2. Talk about how your teeth rest on your bottom lip when saying V. Demonstrate this and have your child try it.

3. Now, with teeth resting on your bottom lip, blow air gently with your voice box on (buzzing). Have your child imitate you.

4. Talk about how it feels and practice this for a few turns. 

5. Once your child has mastered this position, move on to practicing syllables from the syllable list below with this same technique.

6. Play with which cues work best for your child as you move through the list.

Helpful Tips:

  • Bring attention to your lips when possible. I like to point.
  • Ask your child if he or she is "biting their lip"

Frequency:

Work on syllables for a few minutes a few times a day or until your child learns how to say V correctly. Aim for about 80%

Tip:

Don’t forget to fill out the syllable chart above so you can remember what you tried and how it went! 

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Your child may learn V syllables quickly. When your child is saying V right most of the time, about 80%, quickly move on to the word level! 

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