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Re: 3 y.o. won't open his mouth during speech
Posted by Laura on June 12, 2016, 9:24 am, in reply to "3 y.o. won't open his mouth during speech"
The only thing I can think of is to try stopping "formal" communication activities and try some play activities that might "trick" them into opening their mouths more. Blowing bubbles, blowing horns/ whistles, blowing cotton balls across the table, music activities. Since they do intonation you could try singing and even if they just intone at first, maybe if there's no pressure on them they would try singing some of the words after they become more familiar with the songs. Incorporating gross motor movements might also help "jump start" things (e.g. movement songs like Ring around the rosy, the Freeze song, Shake your sillies out, etc).
Finding things they really like and having them make a sound or word approximation with an open mouth to obtain those things (or activities) is another possible strategy. You may have to start with opening their mouths as the required response and then as they get more comfortable / confident with it, you can add vowel sounds, then CV or VC sequences.
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