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It is perfectly normal for children to muddle up their sounds as they learn to speak. In the very early years children substitute one sound for another, and sometimes it is difficult for anybody but close family to understand them.

But by the time they go to school children should have most of their sounds sorted out. But a few children still continue to muddle sounds up.

You could see if a child can copy sounds after you. Some children can’t even copy some of the sounds.

assessment2But even if a child can copy sounds after you, he still may not put it in the right place in everyday speech. For example, a child who says “pinger” for “finger” may appear to not be able to pronounce “ffff” , but when asked to say “thumb” he says “fum” . Clearly it is not that he can’t say “ff” it is that he can’t work out which words to put it in!

These pictures from Speak Clearly are designed so that you can hear the child say all the sounds of English at the beginning of words, and many of them at the end too. You can then work out where the problem lies, and how to put it right.