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A Guide to the SH and ZH Sound Therapy Process

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A Guide to the SH and ZH Sound Therapy Process

Learning to pronounce /sh/ and /zh/ sounds can be a challenging obstacle for many children. Fortunately, speech therapists are trained in teaching these difficult sounds so that children can produce them successfully with early intervention.

To teach your child to pronounce /sh/ and /zh/ correctly, they will need to comprehend the sound’s production as well as how to position their lips, tongue, teeth and jaw correctly. A qualified speech therapist can use games, activities and tools to engage your child in learning the sound in a fun and novel way that brings novelty into their learning process.

First, note that /sh/ and /zh/ are voiceless sounds (they do not vibrate like vocalized sounds such as /ch/ or /j/). They are produced by exhaling air from the mouth rather than vibrating vocal cords – this process is known as breath stream production.

Once you have explained this concept to your child, have them practice saying words such as “beige” with the /sh/ sound. Once they can produce this sound, have them turn on their voice and try saying the /zh/ sound in their voice.

Once they can produce the /sh/ and /zh/ sounds correctly, you can move on to working on the sounds within syllables and words. For this purpose, use a tool like Sound Partners ebooks which provide time-tested techniques for transitioning your client from target sounds isolated to targets linked with vowels.

Next, you can practice SH and ZH sounds in syllables such as “sha” and “sho”. Once your child can say these syllables accurately, it is now time to practice saying them in sentences.

When practicing the SH and ZH sounds in syllables, make sure your child uses a tool such as Sound Partners series of ebooks or the Shaping Technique. Both methods will help your child produce these sounds with 80% accuracy at word level, sentence level and story level.

For a comprehensive overview of the sh and zh sound therapy process, you can download our blog post. This comprehensive guide outlines how to help your child move from isolation through syllables, words, and eventually into conversation.

Once your child can produce SH and ZH sounds with 80% accuracy in isolation, syllables, words and sentences, it is time to transition them into conversations. This is an essential step in developing your child’s language skills.

During conversations, your child may make a few errors or adapt a pattern used in isolation. It’s essential to remind them these are errors, not mistakes and encourage them to correct them. Doing this will increase their comfort level with using “sh” words more fluently and help them hone their communication skills more effectively.

Your patient’s dedication and hard work will enable them to confidently use the /sh/ and /zh/ in conversations, as well as resolve errors quickly and with patience.

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