Of all the speech sounds that Speech Buddies Tools target (namely R, S, CH, SH and L), the L sound is considered to be the earliest developing sound; in other words, of these trickier sounds that many children find difficult to accurately produce, the L sound is the one we expect them to master first. It is probably the simplest of these sounds to produce correctly from a standpoint of what the tongue and mouth has to do in order to say the sound correctly. But this sound can nonetheless present problems and this blog post is dedicated to providing parents with some crucial tips to maximizing the effectiveness of home practice, to ultimately, reduce the time it takes to see and hear your child say this sound correctly. I recommend starting with a quick look at the Speech Buddies video on L as it is a great way to first visualize for yourself what the tongue needs to do to hit the Speech Buddies Tool for L’s target and to say this sound correctly.
Does your child say, “wake” for “lake?” Have you heard your student shout “wook!” instead of “look!” If you’re hearing these errors you might be concerned with the /l/ sound. Many children have difficulty making the /l/ sound and will omit it from a word or substitute a different sound like /w/ or /y/. Luckily, there are a variety of speech-therapy techniques that you can use at home to tackle this tricky sound.