We all cringe when identifying a lateral lisp. I have found great success in using a sustained t (tttttttttssssssss) to shape a lateral /s/. However, I find the most challenging a lateral sh, ch, and j. I start first by shaping the /sh/ sound from the /n/ position. I never mention to the student that we are working on the /sh/ sound because they usually go lateral immediately. Instead, I have the student prolong the /n/ sound (which provides lateral closure)and then have the student allow the air to escape over the tongue which shapes the /sh/ sound. I have also tried moving from the /p/ sound to an escape of air over the tongue (again never mentioning 'sh' to the student). Once they have gained placement for the /sh/ sound, it is usually easy to shape it into the /ch/ and /j/ sounds by simply applying more contact. This has worked for several of my students but I have been struggling to achieve correct placement for a current student. I am open to new techniques or any suggestions!
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