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Q: I am using your “Long T Method” to establish an S sound. Now the student cannot get rid of it. For example, she pronounces “juice” as “juits.” Please help!
The Long T Method from Frontal Lisp, Lateral Lisp is a process of using T to establish correct tongue position for S. One uses T, and then “blows more air” to make an aspirated T, or Long T, as a substitute for S at the ends of words. Words like “eats,” “boats,” and cats” are practiced. But S is not expected – only a “Long T” that sound like Ts. Once the Ts is established with correct tongue position, the T is removed.
These are the ideas I discuss in my class once Ts is established.
- Don’t fear the little T in the ts/s substitution when you are working on a frontal or lateral lisp. The client may need to keep that T there for a while in order to habituate the tongue-tip position and the midline groove. In this case, move on to Ts in the initial position by letting her practice all her S-words with a little T in front. For example, have her pronounce “soup” as “Tsoup.” Practice all initial S words with Ts for a while.
- Also work on rapid sequences with initial Ts as in counting 70-80. Have her say, “Tsenventy, Tseventy-one, Tseventy-two, Tseventy-three, Tseventy-four, and so forth. Have her practice this sequence every day. Over time, as she gets faster, the little T should drop out.
- To get rid of the T, try using “minimal triads” to help her hear and feel the differences between T, Ts, and S at the end of words. For example, use:
- Have the client pant through the low position of TS. In other words, have her say Ts, prolong the “S-part”, and then pant through the “S-part.” She should be panting through an S. Then teach her just to pant outward. It should sound like S.