How To Say CH & Teaching Cues

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How To Say Ch

Below is a brief explanation on what all the articulators (tongue, lips, teeth, jaw, breath, voice) must do to say “ch” correctly.

Tongue: The tongue is the most important. The tip and front part of the tongue are pressed up against the palate (the roof of the mouth behind the alveolar ridge). The alveolar ridge is the bumpy part directly behind the top teeth. 

Lips: The lips are in a slight pucker.

Teeth: The teeth have a VERY SLIGHT gap to allow for airflow. 

Jaw: The jaw must be up and centered.

Breath: At first, the air flow completely stops. Then, air escapes with a rough, friction sound.

Voice: CH is a voiceless sound which means the voice box is turned off.  Say CH while touching your throat. If you don't feel anything, you are doing it right!

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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 CH.


  1. Pretend to sneeze 
  2. Make a "choo choo" hand motion
  3. Hit hand on palm to encourage child to say “ch” louder and/or shorter (this cue is helpful if your child says “sh” as in “sheep” for “ch.”


  1. Say “train sound"
  2. Say “sneeze sound"
  3. Say “shorter" (if “ch’” sounds like “sh”)
  4. Say “good ‘ch’ sound"
  5. Say "round lips"


  1. Gently press up behind your child's chin to raise tongue up

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say CH and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach CH to start practicing with your child. 

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