How to teach the B sound


I have decided to attach a link for each sound under the articulation page.  The link will give you a page of pictures that target the sound you will be addressing.  For today I did a page of B words…where B is in the initial position of the word….and the word is a one syllable word.  One syllable words are the easiest for children to start off with.  Why?…..because with regard to oral motor movement of your child’s lips, mouth and tongue…..less work has to be done.   So a word like….butterfly would not be a first choice for me…..however…..a word like …..BEE……would be a first choice for me.  I especially like to start off with words that are consonant vowel words…..this means that there is a consonant….and then a vowel….as in the word….BEE.   It is easier to say the word BEE…..than it is to say……BEAT.   The reason for this is…..when saying the word BEE…..your child makes the bilabial stop sound…..B…..then she makes the vowel……E.  She does not have to follow that E sound with another consonant.  However, in BEAT….she has to go from the bilabial stop B….to the vowel sound E….then to the alveolar stop T….so much work for our little ones…. 

It you look under my diphthong post….you will see that diphthongs are a little more challenging than a regular vowel… I really like to start off my target consonant sound with a vowel like E to follow the consonant…..because it is less challenging than the diphthong.  Remember the diphthong is one vowel that is made up of two vowel sounds…..please read the diphthong post for more information.  

My point being…there is a rhyme and a reason to the words/pictures I select as the target words for each sound.  If your child finishes the ones I post please let me know…and I can provide you with some more if needed….and then more challenging ones if you finish those……

Have fun!


About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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