Trouble achieving /k/ and /g/

by Erin
(Kansas )

I have a 1st grade student omitting /k/ and fronting for /g/. I did a basic oral mech exam and he appears to have typical structures. He has a very sensitive gag reflex, so I was not able to see much of the back of his throat, but from what I could see his tonsils are very enlarged. The school nurse confirmed this and had referred him to an ENT, but to our knowledge he has not been seen. Due to his gag reflex I haven’t had any success trying to physically manipulate his tongue. He makes no contact with his tongue for /k/ or any other glottal noise, including coughing. I’m all out of ideas!! Any tips, tricks, or recommendations would be appreciated!

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