S & Z Sound Handbook | Comprehensive elicitation guide for SLPs


Looking for a detailed elicitation guide for S & Z that teaches you how to implement cues as well as what cues to try? There are many common errors or distortions we see as SLPs for the /s/ and /z/ sounds and this guide aims to help you elicit a clearer production, no matter where the child is starting from. In this guide you will find problem-solving support, how the S & Z sounds are made, common patterns we see in children, how to accurately produce an S or Z sound, over 100 different cues, assessment probes, keyword lists, and checklists to ensure you feel capable when faced with teaching the S or Z sound.

Designed for all levels of experience, we feel every SLP will learn something new and enjoy using the tools we provide in this guide.

(6 customer reviews)


Do you have a child on your caseload who just can’t make a clear /s/ or /z/ sound, no matter what trick you try? Are you struggling to come up with new cues that work because you just weren’t taught this? It can be so frustrating when week after week, you feel stuck in therapy! Instead of repeating the same cues and hoping for a breakthrough, there’s a better solution.

Introducing the S & Z Sounds Handbook: a comprehensive guide featuring over 100 different cues designed to help your child elicit the /s/ and /z/ sounds.

Unlike other elicitation books, this handbook offers a wide range of cues, including verbal instructions, word lists, photographs, and visuals, all tailored to individualize the learning process for your child. We’ve combined this extensive resource with real-life clinical experience to empower you with the confidence to problem-solve and find the right cues that match your child’s specific speech sound challenges.

Does this handbook cover tips for lateral lisps?
Absolutely! Throughout the handbook, we highlight cues that might be more successful for lateral productions. But we also want you to know that many of the “general” /s/ and /z/ tips can support correct productions despite what type of “lisp” it is.

➊ — Expand your cueing toolbox and discover new tips and tricks to elicit the /s/ and /z/ sounds effectively.
➋ — Access various types of production and elicitation cues, perfect for supporting children with speech sound disorders.
➌ — Personalize cueing strategies based on your child’s individual needs and challenges.
❹ — Utilize assessment materials, including checklists, sound screeners, and probe word lists, to track progress and development.

With these two handbooks at your disposal, you’ll have a comprehensive resource to aid in teaching and eliciting the /s/ and /z/ sounds, featuring a variety of cues and strategies to suit your child’s individual needs and learning style.

Included in this detailed digital download are two comprehensive handbooks—one dedicated to the /s/ sound (70 pages) and the other to the /z/ sound (70 pages). The content is organized into seven chapters, which are outlined below for your reference:

✅ — “How to” guide on using cues: This section provides an easy-to-understand overview of various types of cues, stimulability testing, and how to effectively combine cues in speech therapy. It also includes helpful checklists and do’s and don’ts to guide you through the process.
✅ — Making the /s/ & /z/ sounds: Here, we delve into the mechanics of producing the /s/ and /z/ sounds and highlight common errors to be mindful of during therapy. You’ll find a special /s/ and /z/ sound screener and our top five recommended cues to try initially (includes a page for lateral lisps).
✅ — Phonetic Cues: In this chapter, we explore four different types of phonetic cues and demonstrate how to incorporate them to assist children in producing the /s/ and /z/ sounds.
✅ — Metaphor Cues: We provide colorful flashcards to help explain these meaningful, child-friendly explanations to facilitate the learning of the target sound, phonological rule, or feature that the child needs to grasp.
✅ — Gestural Cues: With real photographs, we showcase various gestures and hand movements that you or the child can utilize to facilitate a clearer production of /s/ and /z/ sounds.
✅ — Shaping Cues: Building upon the sounds your child can already say, this chapter outlines how to progress through their strengths to achieve the desired /s/ and /z/ sounds.
✅ — Key Word Environments: This section offers word lists carefully selected to encourage and support the proper production of the /s/ and /z/ sounds in meaningful contexts.

OTHER HANDBOOKS IN THIS SERIES: Sh Sound Handbook, K & G Sound Handbook and the L Sound Handbook.
To purchase for your school district, private practice, organization, or university, we offer a discounted lifetime license, allowing all current and future employees access to the handbook. Please contact [email protected] for more information and special licensing prices.


  • This is a digital file and is licensed for one person to use. For more information about single-person use, please refer to our Terms of Use.
  • This product contains comprehensive elicitation guides for both S & Z sounds. Chapters 1-3 are the same for both sounds as they cover general information about elicitation and how to put these guides into practice. Chapters 4-7, which contain individualized cues for each sound, are different. Adventures in Speech Pathology has considered this partial duplication and has reflected this in the pricing for this product.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Reinking is an SLP who works privately with children who have speech sound disorders. She has a particular interest in phonological interventions and strives to connect and collaborate with speech scientists to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

6 reviews for S & Z Sound Handbook | Comprehensive elicitation guide for SLPs

  1. Dina Ezagui (verified owner)

    This handbook is every speech therapist’s dream.
    I am a seasoned therapist and still found new ways to elicit the s & z phonemes.
    The handbook is packed with cues so beautifully illustrated with amazing tips to differentiate between articulation and phonological errors, which tends to be confusing to new clinicians.
    I highly recommend this handbook to SLPs

  2. klynneash (verified owner)

    An absolute must-have for your resource shelf. /s, z/ is so particular and unique to each person, so the same techniques won’t work for every client! This has plenty to go through and try, with all the evidence to back it up. I really appreciate the visuals in the book as well, as some cues are kind of hard for a student to understand otherwise (i.e., butterfly wings). 5/5 recommend!

  3. Yvonne S

    This handbook is perfect for figuring out more ways to elicit /s/ and /z/. I had no idea there were this many ways to help get these sounds. It’s a much-needed tool when you feel like you have exhausted your “tools” for getting these tricky sounds!

  4. Becky (verified owner)

    This is a must-have resource for when you feel like you’ve used up all your usual tips and tricks to elicit sounds! Rebecca has covered so much, and it is all presented so beautifully. Great quality, as always!

  5. Kristyn A.

    OBSESSED. This is the most comprehensive guide for speech production I have ever seen. I’ve been struggling with a patient who has a lateral lisp and his has been super successful with the straw method and cognitive reframing calling the sound different names. I cannot wait to use the target lists included in here!

  6. Tess C.

    You are an articulation GOD. Thank you so much for creating this. It is so helpful. I cannot tell you how the /s/ and /z/ sound, especially if the kid has a lisp, SCARED me in the past to work on. This guide is pure gold. Thank you again!

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