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"The parent training sessions teach you so much about what to look out for and how to help your child."

Rose, mum from Greenock 

Recognising Difficulties

What to look for:

  • Difficulty pronouncing certain sounds consistently

  • Omitting or substituting sounds in words

  • Difficulty being understood by others, especially unfamiliar listeners

  • Struggling with complex sound combinations

  • Difficulty producing age-appropriate speech sounds 

Encourage Sound Practice

​Model correct pronunciation by repeating words and sounds your child struggles with

Engage in playful activities like rhyming games and tongue twisters to practice specific sounds.

Provide Feedback and Reinforcement

Give positive feedback when your child makes progress in their speech sounds.

Be patient and understanding, creating a supportive environment that encourages their efforts. 

Encourage Imitation

Encourage your child to imitate clear and accurate pronunciation of sounds and words. 

Use visual cues, gestures, and facial expressions to enhance understanding and imitation. 

Create Opportunities for Speech

Engage in conversations and interactive activities where your child has opportunities to use and practice their speech sounds. 

Encourage storytelling, role-playing, and discussions to promote speech production. 

Seek Professional Assessment and Support

If you have concerns about your child's speech sound development, consult with a speech-language pathologist for an assessment and personalised guidance. 

They can provide specific strategies and exercises tailored to your child's needs. 

Make Use of Resources

Explore resources such as speech sound development charts, online articles, and books to further understand speech sound milestones and strategies for supporting your child's development. 

View resources.

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