How To Say K

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How To Say K:

To learn how to say the K sound we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does. 

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: K is a stop or plosive sound which means our breath bursts out of our mouth upon sound production

Voice: K is a voiceless sound so our voice box is turned off. To know if your voice box is off, say K while touching your throat. If you don't feel a "buzz," you are doing it right!

Please say K in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your muscles are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say K, you can teach your child!

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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 K.


  1. Open your mouth wide to show your child how the tongue is in the back of your mouth. Have your child imitate
  2. Place your hand on your throat or your child's throat to remind him/her to move their tongue to the back of their mouth


  1. Say “tongue back"
  2. Say “touch tongue to hand" (while child places a hand on his/her throat)


  1. Touch your child's throat lightly to encourage their tongue to move backwards
  2. Tell your child to touch their throat while saying /k/to help their tongue move to the right position

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say K and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach K to start teaching and practicing!

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