Cafe41 - I wanted to say that my daughter had outpatient speech therapy once.
She had mild articulation problems and at the time I took her teacher’s advice and had her go to speech therapy twice a week.
The therapist would perform various games with the target sound so that my daughter could get used to the proper tongue placement for that sound.
She would also have homework in the target sound. For example, when she was working with the S sound she had to practice repeating words that began with the letter S for about 15 minutes each day with me.
I would have to correct her if she did not use the proper technique in forming the sound. The S sound really involves keeping your teeth clench, but most kids don’t do this and it sounds like they have a lisp.
The therapy was expensive. It was $75 for a half an hour twice a week. Although my daughter was only 5 when she started therapy, I recently read that most children master the S sound by age 9 so I wonder if I wasted my money.
I think that I should have listened to my husband and saved myself the $600 per month that I was paying the speech therapist.