Teaching AIR in Isolation & Syllables

In this video, you will be learning how to teach your child ‘AIR’ in isolation, or all by itself.

AIR errors are most noticeable at the end of words.  They might sound like ‘A with an ‘ah’ or ‘oh’ at the end.  For instance, ‘hair’ might sound like ‘ha-ah, and ‘airplane’ might sound like ‘a-oh-plane’.

The ‘AIR’ sound is basically the vowel ‘A’ plus the vocalic R sound of ‘ER’.  That is why I usually start teaching ‘ER’ first and then work on the rest of the vocalic ‘R’s later.  However, some kids can get a semi-decent AIR sound first.  The steps for making the ‘ER’ part of AIR (a-er) are the same as in the previous ‘ER’ lesson, so I’ll let you review that video and I’ll concentrate here on the techniques that are unique to producing ‘AIR’.

Basically, I explain to the child that ‘AIR’ is just ‘A’ plus ‘ER’.   The ‘A’ sound starts with the mouth slightly open in a horizontal oblong shape.  You can model it for your child, and have her look in a mirror to imitate you.  Then the tongue goes back in the mouth for the ‘ER’ ending.

When your child can produce ‘AIR’ in isolation with 80% accuracy, you can start on syllables, like ‘AIRS, AIRD, AIRB, AIRF, and AIRG’.  For example, for ‘AIRS’, instruct your child to get a good ‘AIR’ FIRST and then move the tongue up behind the teeth to make the final ‘S’ sound.

Review the steps for practicing syllables in the ‘ER’ lesson and apply them here as well.

When your child can produce ‘AIR’ syllables correctly 80% of the time, you can move on to Initial ‘AIR’ in words.  From there, continue to work your way through all the ‘AIR’ levels, as outlined in the How to Teach Your Child Speech course.

You’ve got this!