At this level, you are going to teach your child how to say T correctly. Use all the information you learned in How to Say T to make this process easier.
I like to use a mirror during the initial teaching phase. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by it, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.
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 where it is with the use of a mirror. Point to your child's "bumpy part" while he or she looks in the mirror. Have him or her feel it with their finger and then tongue tip. If that doesn't work, place a dab of peanut butter, yogurt, or even rub candy on it. Then have your child find the "sugary spot" with their tongue tip.
3. Make sure your child can find their "bumpy part" and keep the tongue tip there before moving on. Practice this until your child gets it! Tongue placement is the most important part of saying T!!
4.. With the tongue behind the teeth on the alevolar ridge, have your child press up and then pop down while saying "ta" or "too." I sometimes say make the tongue "pop" to "shorten" the sound if needed.
5. Make sure the voice box is turned off. Have your child feel their throat. If there is no buzzing feeling, he or she is doing it right! If the voice box is turned on, the T sound will sound like D. Most children can skip this step!
6. Once your child has mastered this position, move on to practicing syllables. Say a syllable that has T such as "ta," too," "tee," "at," "it," etc... and have your child repeat. Make sure to cover initial, medial, and final T syllables.
7. Play with which cues work best for your child as you move through the list.
Now that your child knows how to say T and what cues are helpful, head over to Drill Practice & Flashcard Games at the word level to start teaching and
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