At this level, you are going to teach your child how to say L correctly. Use all the information you learned in How to Say L to make this process easier.
You are going to teach your child the L sound using a mirror. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by the mirror, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.
L is a visual sound which means that your child can easily see how to say it by looking at you. Therefore, bring attention to your face as much as possible during these practices.
How to Teach:
1. Sit down at a table with your child. Get out a portable mirror. If you don't have one, use any mirror you can find in the house.
2. Have your child put their tongue tip on the roof of their mouth behind their teeth. This is the alevolar ridge and it feels bumpy. I like to call it the "bumpy part." If your child can't find the "bumpy part." You can show them using a mirror while pointing to it or rubbing candy on it.
3. With the tongue behind the teeth on the alevolar ridge, have your child blow air, saying the L sound. "la, la" works well too!
4. Make sure the voice box is turned on. I tell my students to turn on their voice or make their throat buzz. To teach this, I have them place a hand on their throat. If they feel a "buzz" while saying L, they are doing it right! Try this with your child if needed.
5. Check to make sure the lips are not rounded (in the shape of an O ). If they are rounded and L sounds like a W, tell your child to place the tongue behind the teeth and smile while saying L.
6. Once your child has mastered this position, have your child say /l/ in syllables such as la, low, loo, all, ill, or eel.
7. Play with which cues work best for your child as you move through the list.
Once your child can say L, move on!
When your child is able to say L, move on to the word level. Don't spend too much time here.
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