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Supporting Your Child’s Pronunciation (Articulation) at Home

Supporting your child’s pronunciation (articulation) at home is essential for their language development. Here are practical steps you can take:

1. Model Correct Pronunciation:

  • Talk to Your Child Often: Engage in conversations throughout the day, modeling clear pronunciation of words.

  • Repeat and Correct: When your child says something unclear, repeat what they said but model the correct pronunciation. For example:

  • If your child says: “I li de bis tory”

  • You might say: “Yes, I like the fish story too.”

2. Focus on Specific Sounds:

  • Identify sounds your child struggles with (e.g., “s,” “r,” “th,” etc.).

  • Teach the Sound:

  • Model the sound and show your child how to position their teeth, lips, and tongue.

  • Use sound pictures and actions to help them remember.

  • A mirror can be useful for visual feedback.

3. Build Confidence:

  • Encourage your child to speak without fear of making mistakes.

  • Praise their efforts and celebrate small improvements.

4. Reduce Background Noise:

  • Turn off background noise (TV, radio, music) when interacting with your child. Minimize distractions to help them focus on speech.

Remember that consistency and patience are key. If you have concerns about your child’s pronunciation, consider seeking advice from a speech-language pathologist or a qualified professional. Your active involvement and encouragement will make a significant difference in your child’s speech development.

For more detailed guidance, consult a speech-language pathologist.

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