• Errors on the S sound are very common with school-aged children. Errors are typically categorized as either a frontal lisp or a lateral lisp. A frontal lisp means the tongue is protruding through the front teeth as opposed to the teeth being closed and the tongue staying behind them inside the mouth. The frontal lisp creates a "TH" sound rather than an "S" sound. A lateral lisp is when the tongue is incorrectly placed and the air stream spills over the sides of the tongue and molars, creating a "slushy" sound. This video will give you some very helpful information regarding the correction of S sounds:https://youtu.be/kTAtVWsvhNA
     
    Have your child simply listen quietly as you say this list of words slowly and clearly. Be sure your child watches your mouth to see how your teeth touch lightly together for each S sound. Don't have your child repeat the words, just listen. I suggest that you read through the following list of words daily as your child watches and listens to your productions of the S sound at the beginning of these words:
    so             soft            sun            sale
    sock         set             sand          city
    sink          seal           seven         same
    sing          safe           sign           soda
     
    Here are a few books that feature lots of S sounds that you can use for your child to listen to as you read. Later in therapy, these books also serve as a great practice tool for saying the S sound:
    Initial S Books:
    Silly Sally by Aubrey Wood
    Final S Books:
    The Day the Goose Got Loose by Reeve Lindenbergh