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Stage 6 - Specific Sound Practise

Your child may have difficulty producing certain sounds. Their speech and language therapist will be able to tell you which sounds to focus on. They may also think with you about sound pictures and activity sheets that you can practise at home.

The following ideas and activities can be used in everyday situations to encourage your child to use their target sounds in words.

  • Don’t correct your child’s speech by telling them that it’s wrong. Instead, clearly repeat what your child has said using the correct sounds.

    For example:

    Child: “my dock”
    Adult: “yes, it’s your sock”

    This allows your child to hear the correct model, and also lets him/her know that you have understood what they have said.
    If your child has been practicing the sound in words, but sometimes forgets to use it in his/her everyday speech, you can gently remind him/her to use the sound. 

  • Point out things beginning with the target sound. This may include when you are on the bus, walking in the park, reading a book or just looking out of the window! For example, if practicing the ‘s’ sound, say things like “look, there’s some sand”, “It’s very sunny.” At first clearly emphasise the target sound so that your child can really hear it.

    • Read a list of words beginning with the target sound (your therapist can provide a list if needed).
    • Make up a silly story using the target sound (e.g. “one day, Sam the slippery snake went out to see his sister, Susan. Susan lived near the sea, so they decided to go for a swim in the sea…”).
    • Try playing I-Spy (e.g. “I can see something beginning with the ‘k’ sound”). You could make it easier by having a small selection of objects or pictures beginning with different sounds.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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