Tips For Eliciting Sounds: Surveys for /s/ & /z/ (Lateral, Frontal & General Tips)

Welcome back fellow SLPs! I am soooooo excited about this new series I am doing on Tips for Eliciting Sounds! If you didn’t catch last week’s post, you can read it HERE (and you can also fill out the surveys for /r/ & /k,g/ there!)

s & z survey

For today, I have set up two surveys: One for the lateral productions of /s/ and /z/ and one for general tips for the /s/ and /z/, including specific tips when you have a frontal/interdental production going on. Please take a few minutes to leave your tips in the surveys below!


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Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Just says loading, no survey :(
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  2. Moving from a /t/ with increasing speed and then going into /s/ is a trick I use sometimes.

  3. “Straight Speech” is a great book to use! Uses the “t” to “s” approach too. Used it a few times and have seen great results!

  4. Use /Iju/ as in “tissue” to reduce lateralization for (sh). It creates the tension and lifting of the sides of the tongue! I’ve had good luck with this approach.

  5. Very excited to read what people have submitted – I’m in speech clinic now and love the magic mirror approach for /s/ and /z/. Have the client make his tongue “disappear” during production to help him eliminate producing the /th/ sound. :)

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