Teaching a child pronunciation of syllables

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artidoshi 2015-10-25 22:13:37


Hi Aanchal - first thing first, a big THANK YOU for answering the queries and helping the parents with their issues.
My son is three and half years old and he speaks about 10-15 meaningful words. Though he recognises alphabets, digits, body parts, most colours, many day to day objects etc. Problem with him is he tries to speak words but he doesn't know how pronounce many syllables like t, d, v, l, r, k, kh, g, gh, etc. My question is how to teach him pronunciation of various syllables. Should I take him to speech therapy?
Let me know if you need any other information.

aanchal 2015-10-26 20:06:54


t, d, v, l, r, k, kh, g, gh, are not syllables.  These are consonant sounds. Tell me few things:
1. If your son isn't able to make various consonant sounds at all or in certain words, that needs to be checked.
2. Seems like he is saying sounds from lips, teeth, tongue comfortably. Sounds from beyond these are not coming probably. Analyse and let me know.
3. 10-15 words at the age of 3.6 is a small vocabulary. May be there is little stimulation as regards communication. Does he spend 2-3 hours on screen (TV, tab, phone)?
4. How do you know that he recognises the concepts that you mentioned in your post? Does he say the word or points out when you say?


artidoshi 2015-10-26 22:10:11


Hi Aanchal - right, those are consonant sounds.
1. He doesn't make the consonant sounds at all.
2. Yes, he is saying sounds from lips (i.e. m, p, bh, b, v, y) and from throat (a, aa, i, ee, o, oo) and only one from tongue (L). 
3. Yes, he does spend time in front of screen. But we are consciously making effort to reduce his time in front of screen.
4. He points out when we say. He can also write digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and A alphabet. Right now he is learning digit 6.
He can also follow two step instructions. 
I have a ten month daughter, so far there hasn't been a single instance where he snatched anything from her. He is very conscious while moving around my daughter ensuring he doesn't accidentally hurt her. 


artidoshi 2015-10-26 22:16:29


I want to add one more thing, he doesn't mix easily with the kids of his age. He is in nursery and his teacher says that whenever they try to make other kids seat next to him, he would gradually move away from the other kid. He doesn't have buddy in class. But he easily mingles with elders. He would wave his hands or do something to grab attention of elders.

aanchal 2015-11-02 11:02:50


Adults are less challenging than kids of same age. So many children prefer mingling with adults, as they feel they are either in control of the situation or safe.
For the sounds, do couple of things:
1. Reduce TV (it's a one-way communication and doesn't encourage kids to talk). If at all a screen time is required, get those interactive boards, where the child has to say something to go to the further level.
2. Talk a lot to him, but in a slow-focussed-stressed way (not the way in which we talk to adults). Let him hear you clearly
3. Show him picture books and encourage him to repeat the words you say


artidoshi 2015-11-03 06:56:12


Hi  Aanchal - thank you very much for the response.

We have reduced his screen time significantly. 

Do you think that we should go for speech therapy?


aanchal 2015-11-12 08:54:37


Go for speech stimulation and not for speech therapy.
In stimulation, a child is triggered to think, comprehend, know, analyse, which is different from therapy where a child is taught how to sound and make sentences.


artidoshi 2015-11-16 17:30:15


Hi Aanchal - I was out for Diwali, hope you had great Diwali.

Do you recommend any particular center? We stay at Marathahalli, Bangalore.



aanchal 2015-11-18 22:06:33


Do not go for any therapy before you try few things at home:
You can check out my library for books https://www.facebook.com/libraryhangout/ if it's convenient. I can guide you with books here. 



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