Speech Therapy dj Sound: The /dʒ/ sound is a voiced affricate. Affricates are speech sounds that begin as stops but finish as fricatives. The /dʒ/ phoneme is made by the tongue tip which is raised to contact the alveolar ridge. The sides of the tongue contact the back teeth, effectively blocking the air-stream.
The tongue tip is quickly lowered creating an explosive release of air across a broad area of constriction, which creates a short but windy voiced sound that has the same characteristics of a stop sound with some characteristics of a stream of air sound.
The most common speech sound error involving the /dʒ/ sound is when the /dʒ/ becomes the /d/ sound. Jump becomes dump and June becomes dune, etc.
How to stimulate the/dʒ/ sound
Demonstrate the characteristics of correct /dʒ/ production to your child.
Speech Therapy dj Sound - /dʒ/ Sound stimulation
Work through the following procedures with your child.
Many speech sounds can be sculpted using other speech sounds as a starting point. This involves altering or adjusting speech sounds so that they approach the target sound in nature. This works by the clinician modeling a sound that the child is able to produce. The clinician then makes slight, progressive adjustments to the sound until the target sound is generated.
Sound sculpting from the /d/ and /ʒ/ sound sounds
The /dʒ/ sound can be formed from the /d/ and /ʒ/ sounds. We do this by first shaping our mouth for the /ʒ/ sound. We then produce a sustained /ʒ/ sound. We then raise the tongue so that it touches the alveolar ridge then a build-up of pressure from the tongue blocking the pharynx.
Next, pucker the lips slightly.
Release tongue. The sound is a short, explosive sound, the /dʒ/ sound.
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