Stage 4 is for practising using sounds in single words, not in sentences. A therapist will tell you which target sounds to practise and whether to practise at the beginning, in middle or at the ends of words.
Practising Single words
Take turns with your child. When it’s your turn, occasionally say the wrong sound in the word and see if your child notices. This helps to increase your child’s awareness of the sounds in words. Praise every attempt.
If your child produces the sounds accurately in the word, tell them. If they make a mistake, praise them for ‘having a good try’. Find times of day when your child is most responsive to practising and work within their attention span. Keep practise sessions fun by varying the games that you play.
You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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