How to teach the G sound. If you read under my articulation page…you will see that this is one of the easier sounds for me to remediate. G is considered to be a Stop sound. That means that this sound stops…it does not continue like the S sound or the SH sound. G is also considered to be a velar sound…I know I have used this word before….but if you are not sure…a velar sound..means that it is a back sound…because you are using your velum…which is your soft palate to make this sound. G is a vibrating sound…which means that your vocal folds are vibrating….or that your motor is on. If you look under the articulation page you will see the strategies below for the G sound…and strategies for other sounds. Please post a comment or reply with any questions or the need for further information.
Physical Cue/Visual Cue:
I’m trying to find a good visual picture to describe this physical action….but have not found one yet. So I am going to do my best to describe how to use the physical cue. First….pretend you are doing the hand movement for a choo-choo train (but do not call it the choo-choo sound because you may confuse her and make her think that you are working on the production of the CH sound). Okay….so back to the position of your arm and fist……remember the hand movement for choo-choo train: You know with your fist in the air….and then you move your arm up and down. Well…keep the same position with your arm and fist…however….move your elbow back and down behind your body. I apologize if this description does not make sense…I will work on getting a picture included. Anyway…the goal of this cue is to show that your tongue is going back in your mouth…to the back of your throat….just like your arm is going back and down. You will use this cue while saying the G sound.
Since G is a vibrating sound you can have your little one feel the vibration on the back of your throat. This cue will let her know that when you make the G sound your motor is on. You can use the physical cue above (and have her do the physical cue as well) while she is feeling the vibration on the back of your throat.
Get your mouth ready:
Okay….so you have shown her the physical cue…and she felt the vibration…but now what…how do you get your little one to get her mouth in the correct position. Especially if she is making the D sound for G….because when she makes the D sound instead……her tongue has not been retracting to the soft palate…instead it has been moving forward to the bumpy spot (the alveolar ridge) that is right behind the teeth. So what can you do….
1. Tell her to open her mouth wide
2. Tell her to say ahhhhhhhhh
3. Then practice the G sound
If she is really struggling to get her tongue in the correct position…lie down on the floor….on your back and practice saying ahhhhhh…..and then try making the G sound. Why? Because in this position your tongue naturally moves to the back of the throat….and this may make it a bit easier. You even can use the physical cue…a little awkward due to position…but it can be done.
Once she is able to make the sound in isolation…the G sound all by itself…
practice in syllables such as:
Ge, ge, ge
Gi, gi, gi
Go, go, go
Gu, gu, gu
Then in short phrases, longer sentences and in conversation.
Click on this link for “G IN INITIAL POSITION WORKSHEET”. Remember to follow the articulation process…after the sound is mastered…..the word in isolation….then the word in a phrase….then a sentence…then a longer sentence….then in conversation. INITIALGWORDS
Have fun with your little one or big one.