In working with Leah during a recent Speech and Language session, a major breakthrough happened when we called her smile, “shark teeth”. This was while working in a mirror to get proper teeth and tongue placement for making speech sounds. It was difficult to get her teeth closed and showing so I asked Leah to smile like a shark and gave a big open lip smile/grimace. She did it perfectly and I said it was the best shark teeth I had ever seen. This became the new prompt for good oral-motor placement to make some difficult speech sounds and Leah was able to do it over and over doing her #BESTOFALL.
Who knew “shark teeth” would be such a great speech tool?