Purge The Pausing
Getting the sound correct is not enough!
We need to monitor how the sound is being produced.
Is it effortful, taking much concentration
- or is it fluid, effortless and automatic?
Many children will add pauses before their target sounds to maintain accuracy.
This gives their articulators extra time to position themselves and helps them be accurate.
This tells us that sound production is not automatic.
Continued development of transition speed will be necessary.
Pausing is a crutch that will hinder the development of automatic speech.
Watch the face, lips and tongue for effortful productions.
Pausing may be associated with these effortful productions.
“Pausing is a crutch that will get in the way and hinder the development of automatic speech.”
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