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To learn how to say G we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does. If you have been working on K, G is very similar. The only difference is that G is a voiced sound.
Note: The sound /g/ and the letter G are not always the same thing. For example, the G in the name George is actually the "J" sound as in "jar."
Lips: Lips are slightly open
Tongue: The back of the tongue is pressed against the top back part of the mouth (try it and feel where your tongue is)
Teeth: Teeth are slightly apart in a neutral position
Breath: /G/ is a stop or plosive sound which means the air bursts out of the mouth upon sound production
Voice: /G/ is a voiced sound so your voice box is turned on.
Please say G in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your muscles are doing. Once you have a good handle on it, you can teach your child!
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 /g/.
Now that your know how to say G and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach G !
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