6 Months 3 Weeks – Getting Ready to Babble!

As you may have seen already, your child is showing their ability to babble, which is so exciting!  You might see single consonant (e.g. – /m/) or vowel (e.g. – /a/) sounds produced at this point.  CV (consonant-vowel such as /baba/) or VC (vowel-consonant such as /akak/) combinations can also be observed.

In this week’s blog we want to go over some of the initial sounds that you can target with your child.  We’ll also talk about HOW they are produced and if they are noisy (voiced; with vocal fold vibration) or quiet (voiceless; no vocal fold vibration).  In terms of vibration, just feel your throat as you produce the sound and it’ll make much more sense!  You can even have your babies feel your throat as you produce the sound for a tactile cue.

/p/ – both lips come together; quiet (or voiceless) sound

/b/ – both lips come together; noisy (or voiced) sound

/m/ – both lips come together; noisy (or voiced) sound; it is also nasal meaning the air comes out of the nose as you produce it (you can put a mirror under your nose to see the air come out)

/w/ – round your lips as if you are puckering up; noisy (or voiced) sound

/t/ – tip of tongue is lifted behind the top teeth to the alveolar ridge (bumpy ridge behind teeth); quiet (or voiceless) sound

/d/ – tip of tongue is lifted behind the top teeth to the alveolar ridge (bumpy ridge behind teeth); noisy (or voiced) sound

/k/ – elevate tongue to the back part of the mouth or soft palate (soft part of the top of the mouth, which is toward the back); quiet (or voiceless) sound

/g/ – elevate to the back part of the mouth or soft palate (soft part of the top of the mouth, which is toward the back); noisy (or voiced) sound

Look out for our Consonants and Vowels iBooks – they’re COMING SOON!!!!

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