To learn how to make the V sound you must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does.
Lips: Lips are almost closed. They are in a neutral position (not rounded or in a smile).
Tongue: It is relaxed in a neutral position
Teeth: The top teeth rest lightly on the bottom lip
Jaw: The jaw is up and centered
Breath: /V/ is a fricative sound which means the breath is constant, no breaks or stops
Voice: /V/ is a voiced sound so the voice box is on.
Please say V in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your articulators are doing. Once you have a good handle on how to say V, you can teach your child!
Tip: If you have been working on F, V is very similar. The only difference is voicing. V is a voiced sound.
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 V.
Now that your know how to say V and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach V to start practicing with your child.