Teach D To Your Child

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

Teach D

I like to use a mirror during the initial teaching phase. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by it (it happens), remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.

Teaching Techniques

How to Teach:

1. Sit down at a table with your child. Get out a portable mirror. If you don't have one, use any mirror you can find in the house. 

2. Have your child put their tongue tip on the roof of their mouth behind their teeth. This is the alevolar ridge and it feels bumpy. I like to call it the "bumpy part." If your child can't find the "bumpy part," you can show him or her where it is with the use of a mirror. Point to your child's "bumpy part" while he or she looks in the mirror. Have him or her feel it with their finger and then their tongue tip. If that doesn't work, place a dab of peanut butter, yogurt, or even rub candy on it. Then have your child find the sugary spot with their tongue tip.

3. Make sure your child can find their "bumpy part" and keep the tongue tip there before moving on. Practice this until your child gets it! Tongue placement is the most important part of saying D!!

4.. With the tongue behind the teeth on the alevolar ridge, have your child press up and then pop down while saying "da." I sometimes say make the tongue "pop" to shorten the sound if needed.

5. D is a voiced sound so make sure the voice box is turned on. To do this, have your child feel their throat while saying "da." If there is a buzz, he or she is doing it right! 

6. Once your child has mastered this position, move on to practicing syllables from the syllable list below with this same technique. Make sure to cover initial, medial, and final D syllables.

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

Syllable Practice


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


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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When your child is saying D right most of the time in syllables, about 80%, quickly move on to the word level! 

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