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Q: How do you teach Sh and Ch when a client has a lateral lisp?
Start with Sh––
- Have the client smile and produce an exaggerated Long E–– Eeeee.
- Then tell him to hold his tongue in the E position and pant. He will be making a gross Sh at that point.
- Now have him keep panting in that way and round the lips. He will be saying Sh.
Then go to Ch––
- Have the client prolong Sh–– Shhhhhhhhhhh.
- While prolonging Sh, have him lift and lower the tongue-tip. He will be saying Shhhhh-t-Shhhhh-t-Shhhhh-t… Tell him NOT to make a T, but to simply lift the tip to “Close the gate and stop the Sh.”
- Have him do this sequence faster and faster. The faster he goes, the more it will sound like Ch.