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Speech v use v at start and middle of words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will start to use "v" at the start and in the middle of words.

Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Vacuum game

A model vacuum cleaner or make one from a box

Pictures of things which start with "v" or have "v" in the middle

1. Spread out the pictures on the table / floor.

2. Remind the child how to say the "v" sound.

3. Explain that they need to 'hoover' up all the pictures, but they need to say the name of the picture before they hoover it.

4. Have the child 'hoover' around the table (they can make a 'vvvvv' sound for the hoover) and hoover up the pictures one at a time.

One way to encourage a child to make a "v" sound is for them to first put their top teeth on their bottom lip - like a rabbit - and make a long "f" sound. To make this into a "v" sound, make a noise at the same time (a "noisy rabbit sound"!)

If the child is having difficulties making this sound, and you are having difficulties showing them how to do this - consult a speech and language therapist - and do not persist with this activity.

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