Teach W Sound

I will give quick tips on how to teach the W sound to your child and then give practices at the syllable level. Your child will learn how to say W correctly in the beginning, middle, and end of syllables. If you are just starting your home practice for W, this is a very important first step.


Teach W With a Mirror

You are going to teach your child the W 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.

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

Mirror Game

Materials: A mirror, preferably a slightly big mirror such a floor mirror and the W syllable list

How to do activity:

1. Get down to the level of your child. This may even include sitting on the floor!

2. Look into the mirror with your child.

3. First, get your child interested in the activity by being silly (if needed)! A few tips include kissing the mirror, making silly faces, or touching the mirror.

4. Next, work on imitation. Make a gesture of any kind and have your child imitate. 

5. Now that your child is imitating you, make an "open" kissing face....kind of like an exaggerated "O" and say "wa." The W sound is very similar to a vowel sound. The most important part of the W sound is the round lips and neutral tongue. 

6. Encourage your child to do the same "wa" with round lips. First, have him or her make an "O" face. If your child is having difficulty doing this, make a circle with your thumb and forefinger. Then move this circle up to your child's mouth and have him or her match up their lips to your fingers. If that still doesn't work, gently squeeze the corners of your child's mouth with your thumb and forefinger to encourage lip rounding.  

7. With the lips in the correct position, tell your child to blow air while opening the lips as in "wa." 

8. Once your child can say "wa," pick another syllable from the syllable list below.

10. Say the syllable with an exaggerated face and have your child repeat.

11. Cover syllables with W in the beginning and middle. 

W syllable list

Helpful Tips:

  • Bring attention to your lips when possible. I like to point.
  • Exaggerate your lips when you make the W sound.
  • Make it fun!

Frequency:

Work on syllables for a few minutes a few times a day or until your child learns how to say W. Once your child can say W, move on!

Tip:

Don’t forget to fill out a motivation chart so you can remember what you tried and how it went! 


Your child may learn W syllables quickly, in a matter of minutes for some! When your child is saying it right most of the time, move on to the word level. Don't spend too much time here.

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