Consider the following: 


When you or I speak, our tongue moves rapidly to different points of articulation.  It is an automatic process and we don’t think about the movements. 

 

Each and every client that begins working developing their speech sounds has to consciously attend to their sound production in order to be accurate.  My role as an SLP is to take what has to be consciously attended to, and make it automatic. 

 
Over the past ten years it has become clear to me that the key elements to developing automaticity is number of repetitions and more importantly the speed of the repetitions.

Automaticity of speech sounds is facilitated by developing accurate productions first, and then developing speed while maintaining accuracy.  When a child can say their targets accurately and rapidly, the carryover into conversation is much quicker.  I have experienced this hundreds of times.

Here is a link from my blog which further illustrates this point.

http://www.thespeechpathway.com/?p=370

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