During production of the L sound…..the velopharyngeal port is closed…..the tip of your tongue closes with slight pressure against the alveolar ridge (the bumpy spot behind top front teeth)……and there is slight opening on both sides of the tongue. Voice escapes around the tongue and out of the oral cavity.
Place your right pointer finger on your shoulder….then run your finger down your arm to the tips of your fingers. As you are doing this action produce the L sound (do NOT say lalalala)……you should just be making the L sound. The action is showing your little one that L is a long sound that continues.
In order to give your little one some awareness as to where her tongues needs to go…you can use peanut butter (no allergies)…..cake frosting…..or creamed cheese. Place the food on the bumpy spot…..and have your little one elevate her tongue to the bumpy spot. This will give her tactile information regarding the placement of her tongue.
I also use cheerios as a way to give children tactile information regarding placement. Be sure that there are NO gagging or choking concerns. Child should be old enough to bite, lateralize, chew and swallow solid foods with no feeding or aspiration concerns. If she is cleared for solid foods…..you can ask her to hold the cheerio on the bumpy spot with her tongue. You may have to help her by placing the cheerio on the bumpy spot…then asking her to lift her tongue up and hold the cheerio in place. You can have her hold the cheerio for five seconds…then increase the time to ten….fifteen and then twenty seconds.
After she has found the correct placement for L…..you can begin in syllables such as:
la la la la
le le le le
lo lo lo lo
lu lu lu lu
li li li li
Then you can practice the L sound in single words.
Practice L words in short phrases.
Next practice the L words in short sentences.
L words in longer sentences.
Then in conversational speech.
L WORDS IN THE INITIAL POSITION WORKSHEET: INITIALLWORDS
Following the order of articulation is important:
The order of articulation is as follows: