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Articulation Practice: /s/

Week One

All practice is done in front of a mirror, so my daughter can visually check her tongue and mouth position.

Practice initial /s/ sound 10 times.

Practice single syllables with initial /s/. Repeat list 5 times.

Week Two

Syllable practice is done in front of a mirror.

Continue single syllable practice from Week One.

Practice syllables with /s/ in middle position. Repeat list 5 times.

Read a story (selected from Story-Making Machine) with emphasis on /s/.

Week Three

Continue single syllable practice with /s/ in initial, middle and final positions, expand vowel combinations.

Begin work with consonant blends.

For the last vowel with /s/ in final position, you could use "pass" or "bass," but the introduction of an initial consonant changes the formation of the word, and increases the difficulty. I just keep thinking "donkey."

Single syllable practice -- /s/
Initial position /s/

  • sah (as in awful)
  • say
  • see
  • sigh
  • so
  • su (as in food)
  • seh (as in get)
  • sih (as in sit)
  • suh (as in up)
  • sa (as in sad)
Middle position /s/

  • ahsah
  • aysay
  • eesee
  • ighsigh
  • oso
  • usu
  • ehseh
  • ihsih
  • uhsuh
  • asa
Final position /s/

  • ahs
  • ays (ace)
  • ees
  • ighs (ice)
  • os
  • us
  • ehs
  • ihs
  • uhs
  • ass

Week Four

Double syllable practice /s/
Initial position /s/

  • sahsah
  • saysay
  • seesee
  • sighsigh
  • soso
  • susu
  • sehseh
  • sihsih
  • suhsuh
  • sasa
Middle position /s/

  • ahsah
  • aysay
  • eesee
  • ighsigh
  • oso
  • usu
  • ehseh
  • ihsih
  • uhsuh
  • asa
Final position /s/

  • ahsahs
  • aysays
  • eesees
  • ighs-ighs (ice-ice)
  • os-os
  • us-us
  • ehsehs
  • ihsihs
  • uhsuhs
  • assass

Week Five

Additional double syllable practice /s/
Initial position /s/

  • sahsay
  • saysee
  • seesigh
  • sighso
  • sosu
  • suseh
  • sehsih
  • sihsuh
  • suhsa
Middle position /s/

  • ahsay
  • aysee
  • eesigh
  • ighso
  • osu
  • useh
  • ehsih
  • ihsuh
  • uhsa
Final position /s/

  • ahsays
  • aysees
  • eesighs
  • ighsos
  • osus
  • usehs
  • ehsihs
  • ihsuhs
  • uhsass

Week Six

Consonant Blends Initial Position

skah
skay
skee
skigh
sko
sku
skeh
skih
skuh
ska


slah
slay
slee
sligh
slo
slu
sleh
slih
sluh
sla


smah
smay
smee
smigh
smo
smu
smeh
smih
smuh
sma


snah
snay
snee
snigh
sno
snu
sneh
snih
snuh
sna


spah
spay
spee
spigh
spo
spu
speh
spih
spuh
spa


stah
stay
stee
stigh
sto
stu
steh
stih
stuh
sta


swah
sway
swee
swigh
swo
swu
sweh
swih
swuh
swa

Week Seven

Consonant Blends Final Position
  • ahsk
  • aysk
  • eesk
  • ighsk
  • osk
  • usk
  • ehsk
  • ihsk
  • uhsk
  • ask

  • ahsk
  • aysp
  • eesp
  • ighsp
  • osp
  • usp
  • ehsp
  • ihsp
  • uhsp
  • asp

  • ahst
  • ayst
  • eest
  • ighst
  • ost
  • ust
  • ehst
  • ihst
  • uhst
  • ast

Week Eight

Daily practice of all exercises from Weeks Three-Seven.

Week Nine

Daily practice of all exercises from Weeks Three-Seven.

New final consonant blends practice.

Consonant Blends Final Position

  • ahsks
  • aysks
  • eesks
  • ighsks
  • osks
  • usks
  • ehsks
  • ihsks
  • uhsks
  • asks

  • ahsps
  • aysps
  • eesps
  • ighsps
  • osps
  • usps
  • ehsps
  • ihsps
  • uhsps
  • asps

  • ahsts
  • aysts
  • eests
  • ighsts
  • osts
  • usts
  • ehsts
  • ihsts
  • uhsts
  • asts

Week Ten

Continue practicing all /s/ exercises to date.

Single Syllable Words/Consonant Blends final position

  • sahsks
  • saysks
  • seesks
  • sighsks
  • sosks
  • susks
  • sehsks
  • sihsks
  • suhsks
  • sasks

  • sahsps
  • saysps
  • seesps
  • sighsps
  • sosps
  • susps
  • sehsps
  • sihsps
  • suhsps
  • sasps

  • sahsts
  • saysts
  • seests
  • sighsts
  • sosts
  • susts
  • sehsts
  • sihsts
  • suhsts
  • sasts

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Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. - William Shakespeare




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