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esl children struggling with short vowels

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    Our 2 children adopted from Latvia last year and on fasd spectrum are struggling with short vowels, particularly o and u. They read u often as short o. Any ideas for reinforcing and practicing short workarounds?

    Hi, Heather.

    A local friend adopted a child from China. Her little girl found certain vowel & consonant sounds truly foreign.

    My friend worked with these ESL difficulties (English as a Second Language) in front of a mirror each day. Seated side by side on the floor in front of a full-length mirror, she practiced short word lists while showing her daughter how her own lips and tongue look for each sound. Initially she exaggerated somewhat. Then her daughter "mirrored" the speech patterns. They did this for months.

    My friend worked outside the home during this time, so she only spent 10-15 minutes daily. The visual help from the mirror made a difference for them. Today no one would guess she had such difficulties years ago.

    If such simple techniques do not work over time (or even if they do), given your children's backgrounds with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, you might consider additional help from a formal speech and language therapy evaluation.


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    Cheryl Swope, M.Ed., with Foreword by Dr. Gene Edward Veith