How to improve lip rounding

This is in response to a comment that was posted by another SLP…I thought I would post it here:


Do you know any alternative to helping your child with lip rounding? besides the ice sticks?


How to improve lip rounding:


1. Have your LO and her mama make “kissy face lips”…you may need to give support and help her lips form into a kiss….be sure to make a “kissy sound”.

2. With your index finger..while your LO is attempting to make “kissy face lips” use your index finger and circle her lips.

3.  I like to sing Old McDonald…the E-I-E-I-O part of the song has helped my LO’s.  Be sure to lightly tap on her lips when producing the O in E-I-E-I-O.

4. Animal sounds are great for improving lip rounding: owl sound…cow sound


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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5 Responses to How to improve lip rounding

  1. Teresa says:

    Thanks Kim. He can make the k sound when prompted but seems to be mixing it up when it’s in words like milk and he still says cut for cup. His drooling is out of control lately and I’m constantly reminding him to close his lips.
    I just asked him to do tttttt and it sounded like there was an n in there. Like tn tn
    I keep working with him and cross your fingers for Thursday. We have out CPSE meeting at the district.

    • Kim says:

      hi teresa…there is a link to the right of my blog for exercises to decrease drooling..please take a look at them….keep practicing the K sound and the P sound. Be sure to use the visual cues for both K and P to help him produce. Let me know how meeting goes…I will be thinking of you. Kim

  2. Teresa says:

    Any tips on correcting lisping? Andy started this recently. And I also can’t seem to break the “milt” for milk and other hard k sounds. He’s been drooling alot lately. I keep reminding him to swallow his saliva and close his mouth but he reverts back to that heavy bottom lip naturally.

    • Kim says:

      hi teresa…use the T sound to help shape the S sound…when you hear a frontal lisp it will typically be on the S and Z sound..where they will substitute the TH sound. Have him say the T sound really fast and repeatedly…tttttttttttt…which will then sound like the S sound. Not sure if he is able to yet discriminate the difference between the S sound said correctly..and when the TH is produced. If so…you say the S sound correctly..and have him give you a thumbs up for using your BEST SPEECH…and a thumbs down when he hears the TH sound…not the S sound. I also use cues such as the S sound is the snake sound…also have him keep his teeth together so that his tongue does not protrude.
      As far as the K sound in milk….break up the word like this: mil…pause..and have him make the K sound. Use the K strategies under articulation to help elicit K. start with these strategies and get back to me…best, Kim

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