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Many children have difficulty saying the TH sound. I will teach you how to make the TH sound so you can better teach your child in the next section.
Below is a pictures of what TH should look like:
To learn how to make the TH sound we must know what each articulator (tongue, teeth, breath, jaw, and voice) does.
Tongue: The tongue sticks out “slightly” past the teeth
Teeth: Top and bottom teeth rest lightly on tongue
Jaw: Jaw is stable with teeth aligned
Breath: There is a continuous airflow
Voice: TH has 2 sounds. One is voiced and the other is voiceless. For voiced “th”, the voice box is turned on (i.e., the). For voiceless “th”, the voice box is turned off (i.e., through). To know if you are using your voice, touch your neck and say "the." You should feel a “buzz” in your throat. Now say "through" while touching your throat. You should feel nothing since you are not using your voice.
How to use this section:
I will introduce all cues that I find helpful. Please read and become familiar with each one. You will not use all of them. Instead, when you are ready to start practicing, you will try a few and figure out which ones are most helpful for your child. Most likely, you will use a combination of a few. Please refer back to this section as needed!
Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for TH.
Now that your know how to say TH and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach TH to start practicing with your child.