Speech Sound Strategies

Is your child working on a new speech sound in therapy? Here are some ways you can be a speech partner at home:

Focus on the Target Sound

For example, if your child is working on the “S” sound, don’t worry if your child makes a mistake saying the “R” sound. Praise your child if he or she remembers the “S” sound in “star”, even if the “R” sound is pronounced incorrectly. It’s important to focus on one target sound before moving on to another one.

Take One Step at a Time

If your Speech Language Pathologist has recommended that your child should work at saying the target sound in a single word, we don’t expect him or her to be able to say the sound in a full sentence yet. Once a step has been mastered (for example, at word level), then the child may be ready to move on to the next level (phrases and sentences).

Practice a Little Every Day

Even spending just five to ten minutes a day working with your child to practice his or her target sound is great. Some parents prefer to schedule their practice time, while others prefer to work it into their daily routine. Both styles work equally as well. The key is to be consistent in setting aside a bit of time each day to work on your child’s speech goals. Let us know which style works best for your family and we can tailor the homework to your preferred method.