Welcome to Speech Therapy at Home: S Home Articulation Practices. This is your home page for all things S. Please bookmark or add to your favorites so you can refer back to it as your child progress through each level.
Many children have difficulty saying S correctly and it can be quite a lot of work to fix. Therefore, S has a few extra sections to help with the process.
The S sound is a relatively later developing sound, usually acquired by 8 years of age. Some children master this sound earlier; but, it can be normal to make errors up until 8 years of age. However, if your child has a lateral lisp, practices need to begin immediately. This error pattern is not developmentally normal. More on this later.
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In order to teach S to your child effectively, you must know how to say S yourself. It is important to understand the mechanics behind making the sound. Once you have the language to describe how to say S, you will be better able to teach your child.
I will teach you tactile, verbal, and visual cues as well.
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Knowing what errors your child is making is essential for the initial teaching phase. Some children substitute another sound for S. If this is the case, you can skip this section. However, if your child has a lisp, please click below. It is important to know if your child has a frontal or lateral lisp.
Learn how to teach S to your child here. Your teaching strategies will depend on the errors your child is making. Please refer to the section above if you haven't already done so. If you have, click below and let's start teaching!
At this level, it is important to practice saying S in the beginning (initial), middle (medial), and end (final) position of words. Your child's mouth has to coordinate and move muscles differently depending on where the sound falls within a word. Once your child can say S in words, move on to the sentence level below.
It is normal if this stage lasts longer than the syllable stage. However, don’t get stuck here if your child misses a word here or there. 100% accuracy is rare and not necessary!
This is the most exciting phase since this is where a new speech habit is solidified.
In order to encourage carryover of progress, you will throw away all speech cards and practice saying S in sentences during structured games.
Visit S Sentence Level Games to get started