February 18th, 2014

Speech Therapy-What’s Best?

Parents sometimes ask me about different therapy methods-“tactile cues” for example.  I have been asked “Should I buy this oral motor therapy kit?”  You may come across information about different methods to treat speech sound problems.  It can be confusing.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The most important part of any therapy is the relationship between the therapist, the child and the caregiver. What’s important in the end is what works best for your individual child or student.  If you have a therapist you have confidence in, and it’s working, you’re on the right track.
  •  Many different methods are successful. Caroline Bowen, S-LP has an extensive list of treatment methods with explanations.  If you want more information this is her website:


  • There is not a lot of evidence that any particular therapy works better than others.  You should be aware though that there is no evidence that nonspeech oral motor treatments make a difference to speech sound problems. A nonspeech treatment might be blowing whistles to strengthen the muscles of the lips.  The American Speech and Hearing Association published an article on this topic.


  • If you’re unsure about a therapy that’s being recommended  remember you can always get a second opinion.
January 15th, 2014

Ready for S-step one

As with all sounds if your child can imitate it by itself, he’s ready to start.  The first step is not as easy as it sounds because all children are different.  You have to decide where to begin.  Will it be at the beginning of words, at the end or in blends? ( I never start […]

December 7th, 2013

Ready for S-What about Z?

It’s interesting that I often help children to say S correctly, but rarely even address the Z sound.  When we say these sounds we do the same thing with our tongue and jaw, but with the Z sound we vibrate our vocal cords at the same time.  Try touching your throat while you make an […]

November 13th, 2013

Ready for S

Although there is no amazingly illustrated book to help you teach your child/student the  S sound, it’s time to launch a new sound.  The S sound is very commonly mispronounced  in English. Many people refer to this as a “lisp”. Let me explain.  When you say S your tongue is behind your teeth.  Some children and adults put the […]


NOTE: This blog contains general information only. For particular information about an individual child it is recommended that you see a qualified speech-language pathologist. See the links to CASLPA and ASHA in the sidebar to find a qualified clinician.

For ease of reading, I have chosen to use the following conventions: Parent means parent or teacher. He means he or she when talking about a child. Child means child or student.