When the Child uses /ts/ for /s/

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  • Talk about the initial /s/ and what sound it makes.  Practice /s/ in isolation as you talk about the letter “s” and what sound it makes.
  • Use co-articulation to get a medial /s/ by using a word that starts with /s/ and putting another syllable in front of it.  For example, you could use the word “saw” and then add various CV syllables to the front, like “buh-saw”, “ma-saw”, “he-saw”.  They don’t have to make sense at first but then gradually move toward actual words, like “meh…sea….messy”
  • Use co-articulation to get a final /s/ by adding a word that ends in /s/ before a word that starts with /s/ (like bus soap (tell the child to say “buh soap”) and then gradually fade out the last /s/ word (whisper “soap”, then just mouth it).
  • Break the word apart so that the child is saying the rest of the word and then the /s/, like “buh…s” or “meh….ssy”.  Pause in the middle and then gradually decrease the length of the pause.
  • Do minimal pairs with the /ts/ and /s/ sounds (like “Mets” and “mess” or “butts” and “bus”).  Work on auditory discrimination.
  • Try doing non-sense syllables with the /s/ sound like “suh, soh, soo, us, ohs, oos”