Speech Therapy sh Sound: The tongue elevates high within the mouth and touches the upper back teeth. The blade of the tongue retreats to the rear of the oral cavity which helps to form a spacious yet shallow valley down the centre of the tongue.
This mouth shape produces a long shallow constriction which begins at the velum (soft palate) at the rear of the oral cavity to the alveolar ridge toward the front of the oral cavity. The lips are projected outward and the vocal folds do not vibrate.
/ʃ/ Sound Errors
The most common speech sound error involving the /ʃ/ sound is when the /ʃ/ becomes the /s/ sound. That is, the tongue pushes too far forward in the mouth and becomes the /s/ sound. This is known as fronting. In terms of speech production, fronting occurs when sounds that should be made at the back of the mouth are made at the front of the mouth. For instance, when children attempt the /ʃ/ sound their tongues thrust too far forward. The result is the /s/ sound. Ship becomes sip and shape becomes sape, etc.
How to stimulate the/ʃ/ sound
Speech Sound Structures - /ʃ/ Sound
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/ʃ/ Sound Stimulation
Work through the following procedures with your child.
Speech Therapy sh Sound - Sculpting sh Sound from other Speech Sounds
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 /n/ Sound
Sound Sculpting from the /s/ Sound
The /ʃ/ sound can also be formed from the /s/ sound. We do this by first creating the /s/ sound. (Demonstrate the /s/ sound)
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