Stimulating Anterior Consonants

By Pam Marshalla

4453230878_68a8e0a17d_mQ: I am working with a 5 year old boy who is unable to lingua-alveolar consonants except an occasional N in isolation and occasionally in the initial position of syllables. I am able to get the tongue placement for /t/ and /d/ but as soon as he tries to say the sound, he makes the /k/ or /g/. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

The anterior consonants T, D, N, L, S, Z come in because the jaw begins to move up-and-down, not because the tongue begins to move up-and-down.

Teach him to produce all these sounds with big horsey up-and-down movements first.

Teach all six at the same time in isolation, CVs, VCs and some words.

Get the MANNER before the place.

The tongue will take over more of the work as the jaw movement subsides 🙂


3 thoughts on “Stimulating Anterior Consonants”

  1. What are big horsey up-and-down” movements? I have a kiddo as well similar to this in that he backs most front sounds. He can some how have his tongue in position for t/d and still manage to say k/g. Is this similar to this post?

  2. Hello,
    My son is finding difficult to say n sounds. He has enlarged adenoids and tonsils.but has no medical issues due to adenoids and tonsils. He is on the spectrum,high functioning. He also has might speech clarity issue but can produce all sounds except n sound.
    Pls advise.

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