TH - Stick your tongue out and say /TH/
As you know, the /th/ sound is produced when the tongue protrudes through the front teeth and airflow is forced past it. There are two types of /th/: soft as in thumb, bathtub, and bath and hard /th/ as in that, whether, bathe. Children will often substitute an /f/ for the soft /th/ as in fum for thumb and /v/ or /d/ for hard /th/ as in feaver for feather or dis for this.
On this page are /th/ pictures representing the sounds in all positions of words. Have fun practicing the sounds while playing a board game or a card game. Have your child say a word, phrase or sentence before taking a turn. If they are at the sentence level or above, play games that require reading (like Sorry or Quelf Jr.). Make sure they read each card aloud using their best speech.
Many children have to read aloud for a few minutes a night as part of their regular homework. Ask your child to pay special attention to the words with their sounds as they read. If they are able to, have them underline or highlight the words before they read.
Take advantage of conversational time to reinforce good speech. While your child tells you about a movie they saw or a play-date they had, remind them that you're listening for good speech. Use that short time to correct any error words.
The more practice the better, but of course we want your child to stay motivated and very invested in improving their own speech. Be specific about the times you are focusing on speech. During other parts of the day, it would be helpful to model proper speech production yourself. If your child says, "Mom, can I play with my toys in the baf?" You can repeat back, "OK, which toys do you want in the bath?" By repeating it back correctly and stressing the targeted sound, you're providing your child with a subtle, but effective reminder.
The documents on this page can be printed out for practice and some can be used right on this page. Please keep in mind - the more practice the better, but it is important that your child practices with an adult listener to ensure the sounds are being said correctly. Have fun!
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