There are phonemes that are more complicated for children. SUndoubtedly, the ones that cause the most problems are the letter R and S. While in the first case, given the difficulty of pronouncing the R, one speaks of 'rotacism', in the second, a mispronunciation of the S can cause a lisp or lisp.
Since Guiainfantil.com, we offer you a series of exercises that can help your child pronounce the letter S.
Until the age of 5, it is normal for children to not pronounce the letter S. correctly. The use of the pacifier, the loss of milk teeth, the mania for snoring at night, a bad positioning of the teeth ... everything influences about this phoneme. To avoid future problems, you can help him with these simple exercises:
1. The position of the tongue: You should ask your child to rest the tip of the tongue on the inside of the lower teeth. In such a way that the sides of the tongue touch the upper molars. The jaw slightly open and the mouth draws a slight smile. Through that gap that remains, the 's' should come out when you pronounce it. To be aware of how to position your tongue, it is best to use a mirror.
2. Poems: Choose poems that include many words with the letter S. This way he will practice without almost realizing it. You can also help yourself with well-known verses like these: 'Heal, heal, frog's ass, if you don't heal today you will heal tomorrow.'
3. Tongue twisters: Tongue twisters are ideal for practicing the pronunciation of a phoneme. Look for a tongue twister that contains the letter S, like this: 'If a hundred saws saw a hundred cypresses, six hundred saws saw six hundred cypresses.
4. Songs with the letter S: Children love songs, and it helps them a lot in their learning. Look for songs that include a lot of sounds with the letter S. As you have fun and dance ... he will be practicing the pronunciation of the S without knowing it!
5. Imitate a snake: You can use imitation. Children often have less trouble imitating a sound than trying to pronounce it correctly when asked. For example, you can ask him to imitate a snake, or the sound of a balloon when it deflates ...
6. The pen: The pen can help you position your mouth correctly. How? Have your child hold the pen facing him and place it on top of the tongue to force it to stay down. All you have to do is rest half the pen on your tongue. Now, without letting go of the pen, you need to bite into it, catch it with your teeth. This will give you the position of the tongue and the opening of the mouth necessary to pronounce the letter S.
7. Pronounce the Z. Yes, we can ask the child to pronounce the letter Z. To do this, he will stick out his tongue and bite it lightly. Ask him that when he sticks his tongue out to pronounce the Z, he moves his tongue backwards, so that the Z will become a soft S.
If after practicing all these exercises, time passes and you still do not notice any progress, it is time to consult with the speech therapist, since it is ultimately a dyslalia (known as sigmatism). Perhaps the solution is also to visit the dentist.
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