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I have been working as a speech pathologist since 1990.  Over this time I have accumulated a lot of resources across three different websites – BusyBugKits, SpeechBookShelf and BabyChatter.  This website is an amalgamation of this work.  I hope it helps you when you are working with your little clients!


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a (heart)


  • VC – arm, ha, art, arc, arch
  • CV – baa, car, far, jar, ha, ma, pa
  • CVC  – bark, barn, bath, calf, card, cart, charm, dark, farm, half, harp, heart, large, laugh, march, palm, park, pass, path, shark, sharp, start, tart, yard
  • 1 syllable – blast, class, fast, glass, grass, last, mask, raft, scar, scarf, star, start
  • 2 syllable – basket, castle, farmer, llama, party, (ba)nana

How to produce this sound

Open the mouth wide and make a long sound.

Simple target to start is a dinosaur or crocodile opening the mouth and saying ‘ah’.



  1.  ‘Ah’ sounds are one of the first vowels children acquire with an open mouth plus voice. Start with dinosaurs, crocodiles and lions who say ‘ah’ with a big open mouth.

  2. A doctor set is useful.  You can prompt ‘ah’ for looking in the mouth with a torch.  You can also listen to teddy’s heart.

  3. Add arms to monsters so that you can have multiple attempts at ‘arm’ .