When we came to the dentist for a year, and then two years, we were told each time – the bridle is a bit short, there may be problems with pronunciation, we must deal with, stretch. And we had to regularly engage in articulatory gymnastics.
Articulation gymnastics trains the speech apparatus, preparing it for the pronunciation of complex sounds and their combinations. Both very little and older children, and even adults, can do it.
To begin with, I tried to independently teach my daughter to move her tongue in different directions, puff her cheeks, smile widely, etc. But usually it ended in self-indulgence, and had no effectiveness.
Therefore, I started searching for a textbook on articulation gymnastics for kids. And pretty quickly found a book that came up to us.
In it, exercises are offered in a poetic form, it is proposed to depict an animal about which the verse was written. Next is a detailed implementation instruction. The illustration is also good, understandable.
Behind the book there is a mirror for control. The daughter herself, without my help, takes an allowance and is engaged when desire arises.
Examples of exercises that we liked: a wide smile – the child smiles broadly, showing all his teeth and holding his lips in this position for 5-6 seconds; watch – the tongue goes left and right, like a pendulum clock.
For older children, there are combined exercises, for example, to rest your tongue against your lower teeth, hold them up, then push your tongue, rest against your upper teeth and hold them for 5-6 seconds. Kids can not explain this, of course.
According to the results of classes at the dentist’s reception in 3.5 years, we were not first told about the short bridle, they answered my question – everything is fine. But at first all the talk was about cropping.
Unfortunately, there are still problems with pronunciation, so we try to practice at least every day, but every other day for sure. We train fine motor skills, I ask you to repeat the words more carefully and more clearly, to follow the speech.
We are engaged with speech therapist
In general, there are a lot of exercises in articulative gymnastics, but for more serious work, it is necessary to consult a speech therapist to perform certain complex sounds.
A specialist will help you choose exactly the exercises that are needed by the child, will tell you what needs to be corrected first.
We ourselves have not yet reached a speech therapist, my daughter, my noble beech, is afraid of strangers, so we are waiting for admission to kindergarten.
Then the specialist from the kindergarten will have the opportunity to observe the child for several days or even weeks, to speak with her well, and to understand where we need help.