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Q: How do you stimulate for tongue stability at the back-lateral margins when a child is too young to understand what you are talking about?
That is a great question. The position of tongue stability is the same as Long E, as in the word “bee.” So with the little guys, I don’t try to explain it. I just over work Long E for a very long time. These are the types of things I do:
- Overwork the diminutives: kitty, doggie, mommy, daddy, horsie, baby, etc.
- Overwork the ABCs: B, C, D, E, G, P, T, V, Z
- Overwork the letter 3
- Overwork these common words: me, pee, see, gee, we, she, he, please
- Overwork Long I in diphthongs in common words: I, hi, bye
- Establish a fun phrase that can be used often and that emphasizes E. The best one I ever wrote goes like this:
1, 2, 3.
A, B, C.
You and me.
Let’s go pee!