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To learn how to say the T sound we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, jaw, breath, and voice) does.
Lips: Lips are slightly open and in a slight smile.
Tongue: The tip of the tongue is pressed against the alveolar ridge. The alveolar ridge is the bumpy part of the roof of the mouth located right behind the top teeth.
Teeth: Teeth have a VERY slight gap.
Jaw: The jaw must be up and stable. Some children move their jaw down or to one side or the other and this can cause errors.
Breath: /T/ is a stop or plosive sound which means the breath bursts out of the mouth upon sound production.
Voice: /T/ is a voiceless sound so the voice box is turned off.
Please say T in front of a mirror a few times and look/feel what all your muscles are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say T, you can teach your child!
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 T.
* The verbal cues that you use will depend on your child's errors. Just use the ones that make sense!
Now that your know how to say T and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach T to start teaching and practicing!
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