The other day I was talking to my husband about the phrase “Practice makes perfect,” and he said, “No, that’s not true.  It is ‘Perfect practice makes perfect.  Practice makes permanent.”

And I thought about that and how that phrase really does apply to speech.   Think about the child who goes to his speech therapist at school and is taught how to make the ‘R’ sound, putting his tongue in the right place, keeping it back and tight, etc.  Then he goes home and practices it the wrong way each night. Practicing it the wrong way will become a permanent behavior just like the original bad habit was permanent.  If he learns how to say the sound incorrectly, it will take a lot of practicing it the new way to fix that behavior.  That’s why it is so important to make sure your child is practicing his sounds correctly at home, and to do that, you have to know the right way to teach the sound.  If you’re not sure how to practice that sound with your child, you can check out online information or follow my courses at

Remember, PERFECT practice makes perfect!