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Q: My client produces final consonants inconsistently. Do you suggest using minimal difference pairs? Multiple oppositions? I have tried targeting individual sounds as well as teaching several sounds at the same time. I’m wondering what methods you recommend.
I use every technique I have ever heard of. I believe that all methods have value. Our job is to pair the right technique to the right client at the right moment. A certain technique might work perfectly well with one client and not at all for another. Also, a certain technique might work perfectly well with a client one day and not the next. This makes therapy a process of trial and error. It’s not the method. It’s the process of figuring out how the client learns, and doing that. It’s a process of figuring out how to get certain ideas into our clients’ heads, and how to get them back out again.
Having said that, I have written about stimulating final consonants before. Please see: