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Speech Therapy For the D Sound

Overview

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The D Sound  Dog, Panda, Mad

Age of Development: 50% of kids have "k" / "c" mastered by age:

2

90% of kids have "k" / "c" mastered by age:

3.5

The “B” is made when we bring our lips together to stop the airflow from leaving the mouth.  Before we open our lips to let the airflow out, we need to make sure to turn on the motor (vibrating our vocal folds).  The vibration of the vocal folds is mostly responsible us to produce a sound similar but noticeably different than “P”.

 

The “P” sound is called the cognate pair of “B”.  In short, this means that they are produced in a similar fashion, but differ by one of the sounds requiring the vocal folds to vibrate during production and one sound to have not have the vocal folds vibrating.

By placing the back of your tongue on the top of your mouth, the air produce from the lungs is stopped.  Once the tongue is lowered, the air forcefully shoots of the mouth to produce that crisp “k” or “c” sound.

 

 

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Age of Development: 50% of kids have "k" and "c" mastered by age:

2

90% of kids have "k" and "c" mastered by age:

3.5

A fun and tasty way to teach this sounds is to press down the tip the tongue with a lollipop or sucker so that the back of the tongue elevates.  A video of this activity can be seen here:

ENTER SUCKER VIDEO

A common error that kid’s have when trying to produce the “c” or “k” sound is a phonological process (fancy word for a pattern of errors) called fronting.

Fronting is when sounds that are produced in the back of the mouth(“c”, “k”, “g”) are replaced with sounds that are produced in the front of the mouth(“t”, “d”)

Examples of fronting:
A child says “otay” for “okay”, “tat” for “cat”, “pumptin” for “pumpkin”

D Articulation Videos

Some of our favorite D articulation videos from the best Speech-Pathologists on Youtube

Video Playlist
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How to Say the D Sound by Peachie Speechie
How to Say the D Sound by Peachie Speechie
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How to Say and Teach D with The Speech Scoop
How to Say and Teach D with The Speech Scoop
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D Sounds with Speech Therapy Tricks of the Trade
D Sounds with Speech Therapy Tricks of the Trade
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D Video Cards and Phonic Cues
D Video Cards and Phonic Cues
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The D Song
The D Song

Free Downloadable D Articulation Materials

Initial D Flashcards

Medial D Flashcards

Final D Flashcards

D Initial, Medial, Final Cheat Sheet

D Cartoon Character Flashcards

D Speech Therapy Activities

Isolation

Click to hear "d" sounds!
Click all the "D" and "d" bubbles you see!

Syllable

Drag and Drop Both Pictures into the Witches' Pot to Create a Word!
Witches Brew Word Creation Only Available on Tablet / Mobile Devices
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Syllable Flashcards (Consonant + Vowel)

Word

Initial D Flashcards

Medial D Flashcards

Final D Flashcards

Mixed D Flashcards

Name the Photos!

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Initial D Minimal Pairs

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Final D Minimal Pairs

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Phrase

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Sentence

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Story

Initial D/d Story

Conversation

D/d Scenes

Conversation Starter Questions

D Speech Therapy Games

D Sound Matching Game

D Sound Find The Treasure Game

D Sound Crossword

D Words Word Search Level 1

D Words Word Search Level 2