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Final “Ch” Clusters
By Pam Marshalla
Q: I finally have a boy saying his “Sh” and “Ch” sounds using your techniques. But he is having a hard time transitioning to words like “pinched” or “benched.” I would appreciate your suggestions as to how to help him.
I would have him pause between the “Ch” and the “T” like this:
Pinched = Pinch…(pause)…T!
Benched = Bench…(pause)…T!
Then shorten the pause between the Ch and the T until they sound like the cluster they are.