You are going to teach the L sound to your child and then practice this skill at the syllable level. Your child will learn how to say L correctly in the beginning, medial, and end of syllables. If you are just starting your home practice for L, this is a very important first step.
You are going to use a mirror during the initial teaching phase. 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.
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 them using a mirror while pointing to it or rubbing candy on it.
3. With the tongue behind the teeth on the alevolar ridge, have your child blow air, saying the L sound. "la, la" works well too!
4. Make sure the voice box is turned on. I tell my students to turn on their voice or make their throat buzz. To teach this, I have them place a hand on their throat. If they feel a "buzz" while saying L, they are doing it right! Try this with your child if needed.
5. Check to make sure the lips are not rounded (in the shape of an O ). If they are rounded and L sounds like a W, tell your child to place the tongue behind the teeth and smile while saying L.
6. Once your child has mastered this position, move on to practicing syllables from the syllable list below with this same technique.
7. Play with which cues work best for your child as you move through the list.
Once your child is able to say L using one of the techniques above, move on to practicing syllables from the syllable list below.
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!
When your child is saying L right most of the time in syllables, about 80%, quickly move on to the word level!Speech Home Practice › L Home Page