Stopping is when a child takes long “noisy” sounds such as S,Z,Sh,Ch,F,V & Th and changes or “Stops” them into a T,D,P or B. This can happen at the start of words such as “Shoe” becoming “Two” or at the ends of words such as “Leaf” becoming “Leap”.
When children are learning how to talk many will Stop some of their sounds. Most children will learn how to correct these errors on their own but others will need help. Stopping some sounds such as S and F is considered to be age appropriate only until 3 years of age. While stopping harder sounds such as Sh, J and Ch is age appropriate until 4 1/2 years.
In my experience as a Speech-Language Therapist I have found that working on Stopping can have a huge impact on a child’s speech. Words become much easier to understand, children become more confident and frustration is reduced for everyone. I often work with children on all of the different kinds of Stopping starting at 3 years of age because it makes such a big difference to their speech.
“Fixing” Stopping is often easy and straightforward and if the right steps are followed it is something that can be done at home in just a few minutes each day. This guide is intended to help parents decide if they need to work on Stopping and provides step by step ideas and materials for working on Stopping at the start and at the ends of words for all of the different sounds.
While all of the ideas and materials are based on my 23 years of experience working with children and families as a Speech-Language Pathologist, they cannot replace an assessment or treatment by a Speech Pathologist or any other professional. They are just a guide.
Included is a simple to use assessment to help you judge if you should be working on Stopping, a guide for indirect and direct speech therapy, game ideas and 96 Minimal Pair pictures to practice with.
Better Speech, Language and Social Communication is truly the best gift any parent can give their child.
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