Teach J To Your Child

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

Teach J

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, 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. First, try this speech therapy trick! Write the word "would" and "you" on a piece of paper. Have your child repeat the word "would" and the "you" quickly after. Repeat this process, saying the words faster and faster. Eventually, the J sound will appear between "would' and "you." If this works, great! Congratulate your child on saying the J sound correctly! Move to number 5.

3. If your child can say "ch," try this one. If not, skip it! Have your child say "ch." The CH sound is very similiar in tongue placement with the J sound. This time, have your child say "ch" with the voice box turned on.  To cue the voice, I have a student feel their throat and then say the J sound. He or she should feel a buzzing in their throat.

4. If numbers 2 and 3 don't work, this one should! Gently place a thumb and forefinger on the corners of your child's mouth. Next, tell your child to say "J" as you gently squeeze the corners of the mouth together. This should encourage correct lip rounding and tongue placement!

5. Once you get a successful J, practice saying the syllable "ja." This is the easiest sound combination to start with. If your child is successful, great! Move on to number 6.

6. Now, you are ready to practice J in more syllables! Move through the list below while playing around with which cues work best for your child.

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 J right most of the time in syllables, about 80%, quickly move on to the word level! 

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