What is a diphthong and how to teach diphthongs.

I just started a page devoted to diphthongs…inspired by two little ones whom I am presently seeing for speech therapy.  A diphthong is a vowel that actually consists of two vowels in one syllable.  For example, when you say the word bye….the long I sound in the word bye is considered to be a diphthong….because it consists of these two sounds: ah…then long E.

I have not written about how to teach diphthongs….I have just explained the diphthongs……what they sound like….and still have to write more about the placement of your tongue, lips and jaw during production of the 8 diphthongs. 

Have fun with your little one or big one!

Kim

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 resource....so 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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