M is a bilabial sound-which means that your two lips come together. M also is one of the three nasal sounds (which means that the air escapes out of your nose not out of your mouth). M is one of the earliest sounds that children will acquire…..I guess that’s why we are called “mommy or mom or mama”-it’s easy to say!
To help elicit this sound you can have your child feel the vibration M makes on your lips. Have your child place her hands on your lips….and ask her if she feels the vibration M makes. Next you can help her obtain lip closure (two lips together) by using your thumb and pointer finger to close her upper and lower lip. Once she has her lips in the right placement, take her hand again and place it on your lips, you make the M sound…..and stretch the sound out….meaning make it continue…..next see if she can make it also. Giving her the tactile cue (feeling the sound), helping her with placement of her lips by using your thumb and pointer and modeling (saying) the sound for her will help her to say the M sound.
Next be sure to try in syllables such as: mama, mimi, meme, momo, mumu. Then try in easy words such as: me, my, moo (cow sound). Next in short phrases: Mom is nice. Moo says a cow. Remember to try and put the target word first….this makes it less challenging while your little one is mastering the sound. Finally, into longer sentences.
Visual Cue/Physical Cue:
One last tip……to show her that M is a sound that continues like S….show her this: with your hands palm down on your lap…..move your hands down your thighs until you reach your knees. As you are doing this….produce the M sound. This visual cue shows her that M is a sound that continues.
Click on this link for M worksheet…these are M words in the initial position. INITIALMWORDS
Remember to follow the articulation process as indicated below:
1. Start off with the word in isolation-that means all by itself
2. Next word in short phrases.
3. Word in sentences.
4. Word in longer sentences.
5. Now try in conversation.