Without the front teeth present, it is still possible for your son to achieve correct tongue placement for /s/ and /z/, though the sounds may still be perceived as a little distorted due to the front teeth not being there to manipulate the airflow. You said in your comment that your son can articulate most sounds but that the breakdown in intelligibility is happening at the conversation level, right? The conversation level is usually the last level of speech to generalize when children are gaining new speech sounds. It is understandable that he might not be 100% all of the time in conversation as he’s still generalizing some of the age-appropriate speech sounds into his speech. Encourage good clear speaking by modeling a good “normal” rate of speech (how fast you talk) and nice clear articulation of sounds in speech. By modeling this behavior in your own speech, he may indirectly correct his own speech. Praise him verbally when he does use nice, clear speech by saying things like: “I liked the way you said that”, or “your speech sounded nice and clear when you said that–I could understand every word you said!”. Once you’ve established with him what clear speech sounds like, then you can slowly start to suggest he use it when he says something more rushed and muffled . “I didn’t quite catch what you said just then, could you try saying it again with your good, clear speech?” This will help him change understand that it’s more desirable to use good clear speech when communicating so he can be understood by those he’s communicating with. Good luck and keep up the good work with your son!
I love Amelia Bedelia books and read all of them as a child and as a teacher, I was sure to share them with my students. This book is super special because haven't all Amelia Badelia fans wondered what Amelia Bedelia was like as a child? I know I have and this book shows Amelia as a first grader. This is the first time Amelia Bedelia has been shown as a child. With this great story we now know that Amelia started out silly and that is just the way she will always be. Ordinary first grade happenings become extraordinary with Amelia Bedelia's literal take on all things first grade. Teachers can see themselves in Miss Edwards. She is patient but knows when enough is enough and tells Amelia, after she has gotten out of her seat many times to, Please glue yourself to your seat. If you know Amelia Bedelia, you can guess what she does when Miss Edwards just wants her to stay in her seat. Students get a look at a fun filled day and will laugh out loud when Amelia Bedelia does what she is told. The pictures by Lynne Avril really compliment the text and make the story even more exciting. My son loved seeing Amelia Bedelia try to put her nose in a book because he hears me tell him to do that often. This would be a great first week of school read or a special book to share with your child the night before they start school. This would also be a fantastic gift for a new teacher. I love Amelia Bedelia and enjoyed seeing her as a child in this terrific picture book!