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Articulation Therapy: The Mighty M Sound

Jan 15, 2022 The M sound is one of my favorites to teach because it’s one of the sounds that children start to play with when babbling is started.

“Ma, ma, ma, ma” is one of the first sound/syllable combinations that occur with kids because it’s made by bringing the lips together – one of the initial motor skills our children learn. Professionally, speech therapists call this m sound articulation, which means just being able to say the M sound. Not being able to pronounce this might mean your child has an articulation disorder. If your child is having difficulty forming the M sound, here are some suggestions to help!       ‘  ’

How to Elicit the /m/ Sound:

  1. Model the sound yourself and encourage your little one to imitate you. Repeat the sound three times (no more or they will get frustrated). 
  2. Put your child’s hand on your mouth while you are making the sound so they can feel the vibrations, then put their hand on their own mouth and encourage them to try to make the sound. 
  3. Have them watch themselves in the mirror to make sure they are bringing both lips together. You can also point to your mouth to make them look at how you are producing the sound. I do this all of the time with my son (10 months) to get him to focus on my mouth. 
  4. Try some lip exercises, if they have difficulty bringing their lips together because of low muscle tone. If you are interested in learning more about oral motor exercises, let us at Speech Blubs know and we will give you some suggestions!

Practice the /m/ Sound in Syllables:

Put the /m/ sound in front of all the long and short vowels, may, me, my, mow, and moo.  Then practice the /m/ sound at the end of the vowels, um, am, im, om, em, and finally in the middle of the vowels, imo, aymu, ema, omee . . . you get the idea. This is done by practicing animal sounds and by singing nursery songs! Be silly and fun with this activity because it’ll keep your child’s attention. 

If your child can successfully say the /m/ at the beginning of syllables then they are ready to practice the sound at the beginning of words.

Practice the /m/ Sound in Words:

If your child can say the syllables above with a nice /m/ sound then he is ready to move them into words. You can Google /m/ in the beginning, middle, or ending of words and you will see a ton of resources to use! Play games like “Go Fish” or matching to work on these words. Make sure you work on the sound in ALL positions of words!

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The Speech Blubs App has multiple activities that you can use to target specific speech sounds. The games are fun and highly engagable so your child won’t even realize that they are working on speech sounds!

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To practice making the M consonant here is the list of sections and words in them that you can practice with your child:

  • Wild Animals: Mouse.
  • Early Sounds: Muuu, Meow.
  • Petting ZOO: Mouse.
  • Outdoor Wonders: Moon, Map, Autumn, Summer, Storm.
  • Yummy Time: Watermelon, Milk, Muffin.
  • Toy Box: Marbles, Locomotives.
  • When I grow up: Farmer, Lumberjack, Plumber, Fireman, Policeman.
  • We are Family: Mom, Grandma, Family.
  • Get into Shapes: Diamond.
  • School Rocks: Gym. 
  • This is my Body: Mouth.
  • Ride your Wheels: Motorcycle. 
  • Universe: Mercury, Mars, Moon, Comet.

How to Play Articulation Bingo?

  1. Use the button below to download our Articulation Bingo Board,
  2. Print out the board and give it to your child or cut out the pictures and put them into a bag,
  3. Let your child pick a word from the board/bag, 
  4. Find the word in Speech Blubs App and practice it, play with fun filters, and watch educational videos,
  5. Your child is a winner when he practices three pictures in a row (across, down, or horizontally) or the entire board.
` ` Articulation Bingo M Sound

Move the /m/ Sound into Sentences

If your child can say the /m/ sound in the beginning of words then practice the initial /m/sound in sentences. For example, “Mail me a  _________.” Fill in the blank with the initial /m/ words you have been practicing, “Mail me a moose, or Mail me a mermaid . . . .”

If your child can say the /m/ sound at the end of words then practice the final /m/ sound in sentences. For example, “_________ come home.” Again filling in the blank with the final /m/ words you practiced.

If your child can say the /m/ sound well in the middle of words then practice the medial /m/ in sentences. For example, “Sammy has a  __________.”

Move the /m/ Sound into Stories

Create short stories with the picture cards you have been practicing.  Have your child practice retelling them.  For example, “The mummy went to the mountains and ate marshmallows and macaroni.  Then he met a mermaid and shared milk and muffins . . . .”  Be creative with this, the most important thing is to create an opportunity for your child to get as much practice with the sounds as possible.

Move the /m/ Sound into Conversation

If your child is successful with the /m/ sound while retelling the stories you have created he is ready to move the /m/ sound into conversation. It is at this point you can correct your child if he forgets to pronounce the /m/ correctly in conversation.

If your child has difficulties with other sounds, here are the articles that can help you with speech therapy and articulation activities ideas:

These blogs can help you help your young children with any speech problems they may have. Stay tuned for more helpful blogs!

The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not necessarily reflect the views of Blub Blub Inc. All content provided on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgement, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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