How to teach the M sound

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! 


Tactile Cue:

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… 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.

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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