Practice the speech sound: Long E….when you make this sound the sides of the back of the tongue are closed against the upper molars, the middle to front portion of the tongue is raised high, nearly touching the palate and alveolar ridge (bump behind your teeth), while the tip of the tongue touches lightly behind the lower front teeth.  Basically….your tongue is in almost the same position it needs to be in for the SH sound… let’s shape the Long E sound…into the SH sound……

I ask the little one to make the Long E sound and then make a kiss … she is moving to a pucker….ask her to blow……these cues work really well…and will give the little one a clear understanding of where their tongue needs to go.  As she is blowing while in the pucker position…with her tongue raised high…you should hear the SH sound.



Have your LO practice saying these phrases:


Kiss you

Miss you

When you say: kiss you. kiss you. kiss you. kiss you (really fast)…the S sound in Kiss and the Y sound in You…shape into the SH sound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So easy to do.

Do the same for Miss you!




One last tip:    


This visual really works to help elicit the SH sound….very often young children have heard and seen their parents use this cue to keep their little one quiet!


Please click on this link for some great SH worksheets:sh_binder

And thank you to the speech and language pathologists at:   PLEASE visit their website for amazing materials, resources and links.


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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