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Helping speech

As you’ve seen in some of our previous posts, speech develops in patterns. Sometimes, children take longer to follow their developmental speech milestones and we need to help them along the way.

“Fronting” is very common and is when a child replaces “k and g” with “t and d”. For example; “cat” becomes “tat”.

In order for us to change a child’s speech, we need to help them to hear that there are differences between sounds. If a child struggles to hear differences in their own speech, then it’s unlikely that they will feel the need to change that “t” to a “k”.

The very first stage in therapy is to encourage a child’s listening skills expand to hearing their own speech. By hearing and learning that when they say “tea” instead of “key” the meaning changes, this is more encouraging to use the new sound “k”.

If you’re teaching children to change their speech, try and make sure that you’re helping them to listen to sounds before helping them to say them. Otherwise, you might find that they can say the sounds in your sessions but they’re not using them in speech!

If you need any support to encourage children to change their speech, please pick up the phone and call us. We can advise you on the most effective ways to help!

07510 067 442 or e-mail: info@cdspeechtherapy.co.uk for tips!

Cassie Pierson
cassie@cdspeechtherapy.co.uk