Tag: K and G

Speech Buddies

By Pam Marshalla

Q: What do you think of Speech Buddies? I have a set of Speech Buddies here that the creators sent to me for comment. They are a beautiful set of articulation tools.¬†Speech Buddies are part of our return to the “phonetic placement technique” as described by Van Riper. He wrote the following: “For centuries, speech correctionists have used diagrams, applicators, and instruments to ensure appropriate tongue, jaw, and lip placement. [These] phonetic placement methods are indispensable tools in the speech…

Eliciting Gross /t/ and /d/

By Pam Marshalla

Q: My client in second grade cannot make /t/ or /d/ at all. I have tried all kinds of things to activate the tongue tip, but he still persists on saying /k/ and /g/. How can I elicit /t/ and /d/? Since you have tried so many techniques to facilitate refined tongue-tip elevation that haven’t worked, I would revert to a more infantile way to elicit these anterior consonants. This is the way babies learn to make a /d/: They…

Teaching Phonemes: Advice to Preschool Teachers

By Pam Marshalla

Q: I am a preschool teacher and am wondering how to teach the “K” sound to one of my students. Let’s broaden your question to:¬†How does one teach a child to say a new phoneme? This is what I would tell a preschool teacher: Show her how to make the sound: Ask her to watch and listen to you say the sound. Pause slightly before you say it. Make the sound stand out by saying it a little louder, by…

Stimulation Techniques for /k/ and /g/

By Pam Marshalla

Q: Do you have any suggestions for how to elicit the /k/ and /g/? Pre-speech Vocalization Use the velar raspberry because it is the infant’s precursor to /k/ and /g/. If the child can make a velar raspberry, he is articulating in the back and only needs to refine the sound. Practice the raspberry long and short, loud and soft, big and tiny. Shape it into /k/ if the raspberry is voiceless. Shape it into /g/ if the raspberry is…