Learn how to teach SH to your child and then practice this skill at the syllable level. Your child will learn how to say SH correctly in the beginning, medial, and end of syllables. If you are just starting your home practice for SH, this is a very important first step.
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.
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. Tell your child to say "shhhhhh" while placing a finger in front their mouth as if to tell someone to be quiet. If this works (sometimes it does), you are done! It might not be that easy though.
3. You may need to tell your child to round their lips like an ''O" (this is where the mirror comes in handy) or make a kissing face!
4. With the lips rounded, tell your child to close teeth slightly and say SH. This should work! However, if it doesn't, keep reading.
5. With lips rounded and teeth almost closed, make sure the jaw is up and centered. Then place a finger behind the chin and press up slightly. This will encourage your child to lift their tongue up to the roof of the mouth. With this position, have your child say SH.
6. One last way to teach your child to say SH! Tell your child to say S and then slowly round lips until you hear an SH.
7. Once you get a successful SH, practice saying the word "shoe." This is the easiest sound combination to start with.
8. Now, you are ready to practice SH in syllables! Move through the list below while playing around with which cues work best for your child.
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 SH right most of the time in syllables, about 80%, quickly move on to the word level!Speech Home Practice › SH Home Page