“How to Teach a Child to Say the “S” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons”

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

This “Help Me Talk Right” book focuses on the “s” sound. It presents an easy to follow, proven step-by-step method of frontal and lateral lisp correction. All the tools and techniques you need for “s” sound correction are included.

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Free of technical jargon and easy to use, this book is for speech pathologists, speech assistants, and parents who wish to teach a child how to say the “s” sound and use it in conversation. Everything you need to know about teaching a child to say and use the “s” sound is clearly shown in a step-by-step format. Each lesson builds upon the successes of previous lessons so that the child is challenged to use the “s” more often until he is able to use it in conversation. The book comes complete with worksheets, suggestions for games and fun exercises, and a certificate of achievement.

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Excerpted from Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the “S” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons by Mirla G. Raz.


Look at my teeth. I’m going to make believe my teeth are a cage. I’m going to make believe my tongue is a tiger. When I open the cage (open teeth) you can see the tiger come out (stick out tongue). Before I close the cage, I let the tiger lie down (place tongue at the bottom of mouth, behind lower front teeth). Then I close the cage (place tongue at bottom of mouth and shut teeth with upper teeth overlapping lower teeth). When the cage is closed the tiger cannot come out (place tongue again at bottom of mouth and shut teeth).

8 reviews for “How to Teach a Child to Say the “S” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons”

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Budrzysky, M.A., CCC-SLP

    A helpful sequential tool for remediating the “s” sound.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Sherman-Wade , M.A., CCC-SLP

    Clear, concise, and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to parents, speech aides, and speech pathologists working in the field.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deena Kobernick, M.A., CCC-SLP

    The author has done a great job outlining treatment for a lisp for both the lay and professional person’s use. I likedthe quick outline at the beginning of each chapter. I liked the use of graphics and the frequent reminders regarding praise/positive reinforcement.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Practical Homeschooling

    I wish I had known about this book before spending several hundred dollars on speech therapy for my daughter. Author Mirla Raz has done parents a great service in providing them with the information allowing them to help their own children. The book contains instructions for carrying out 15 therapy sessions, practice requirements, worksheets, and trouble-shooting ideas for use when things aren’t progressing. Children are motivated with a great deal of positive reinforcement, games, prizes, and contests. Directions are clearly and concisely spelled out. You won’t need any additional materials other than some games and toys that you already have on hand. Much of what I saw in this book we experienced personally with our speech therapist

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    This manual is complete and detailed. Materials and suggestions for activities are a nice addition and appear well planned and appropriate. This program is an asset for use as a supplement to professional speech/language treatment

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    B. Leach

    My 7-yr-old’s lisp was pretty mild, and the pace of this was very easy for him, but he enjoyed having such easy success. And it is helping. It is certainly a lot easier and cheaper than going to a speech therapist regularly!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have been meaning to review this book for years, since we used it when my son was 5 and he is now 13. The great news is that he no longer has even the slightest hint of a lisp and all it took was about one month of doing the lessons in this book 8 long years ago.

    His dad had a lisp when he was small, and back then the public schools used to recognize the problem and provide speech therapy. My son’s lisp was very noticeable, especially because he has an ‘S’ in his name, but neither his preschool teachers nor his kindergarten teacher ever mentioned it. After hearing about my husband’s experience I expected it to be addressed in kindergarten but even when I brought it up to the teacher myself he didn’t seem very concerned.

    I knew I was on my own, so I bought this book and it was smooth sailing from there. The lessons were so easy it didn’t feel much like work to me or my child, and he progressed so quickly we didn’t even have to spend as much time on the lessons as they recommended. Very little reminding was necessary when we were done. That might not be true for everyone but for us it was a completely painless and effective process. For that reason I recommend at least trying this program before spending hundreds or thousands on speech therapy.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mom in CT

    My three and a half year old daughter had been doing private speech therapy (at $100 an hour) for her lisp for about one month before we moved to German-speaking Switzerland. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find a native English speaking speech therapist in Switzerland, so I bought this book before we left the U.S. We have completed this book and it went very successfully. There are three important things to know however: (1) don’t be deceived by the “15 lessons” title. There are 15 chapters, but each “lesson” is followed by 2 or 3 practice sessions. You can only do one lesson or practice session a day. Overall I think there are over 50 days of lessons/practice sessions. (2) You must be motivated to do this. The sessions are not difficult, but you must be consistent in actually doing them on a fairly regular basis. I failed miserably at this at first until I decided to do speech therapy with my daugher every day immediately after dinner. She couldn’t get dessert until she had finished her speech therapy. (3) Even when you are done with the 50 or so sessions, your child’s speech will not be perfect yet. After we were done with the book, my daughter could correctly make the “s” sound when reminded to do it, but she couldn’t always remember to do it. You have to constantly remind your child to properly pronounce the “s” sound. The better you are about correcting your child’s speech the faster he/she will progress. Overall this book was a tremendous help to our child, and well worth the purchase price.

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