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Speech Therapy for the V Sound

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The Vroom Sound  Van, Lava, Cave

Age of Mastery: 

4

How to make the “v” sound:

  • Softly lower your front teeth to your bottom lip
  • Turn on  your voice ( voice is the rumbling in your vocal folds.  Have your child/client place their hand on their/your neck during the production of “f” and “v”, and have them feel the difference between the two.  In the production of “f”, there should be no rumble or voicing.  While in the production of “v”, there should be a rumbling or voicing.)
  • While keeping your upper teeth on your lower lip, have the child blow out a stream of air. 

Tricks and Tips for producing the “v” sound:

  • If you child can already produce the /f/ sound, remind them that /v/ is the same as /f/, but we just “need to turn our engines on or make our throats buzz!”
  • A fun way to practice is pretend you are a vacuum.  You can either hold the /v/ sound for an extended period of time, like “vvvvvvv”, or say a word like “voom” repeatedly.  Turn it into a game and place items on the ground, and see who can pick up the most items while making the /v/ sounds!
  • See who can make the loudest car/truck engine noises using the a prolonged /v/ sound.
  • To visually show the child how air is released to produce the /v/ sound, hold a piece of string in front of their mouths, and have them try to move the string with the release of air. 
  • If you have a board game that uses a spinner, have the child see if they can move the spinner using airflow from the /v/ sound.
  • Rip a stick of gum in half, and place half of the stick on the child’s bottom lip.  Tell the child that they should lower their top teeth just enough to create indents on the gum without biting down thru the whole piece.  Repeat with the other half and continue until you have enough gum to blow giant bubbles!”
V

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Age of Mastery: 

4