The H Insertion Trick for Speech Therapy


Have you ever had a child with phonological errors on your caseload who can say their new sound but they also insert their error sound AFTER the correct one when they try to use it in words (e.g. “fban” for fan)? It can be SO TRICKY! The H Insertion Trick might just be your answer! This resource includes all you need to teach your student this trick with intuitive, child-friendly visuals that just make sense! It is perfect for children using stopping errors (for: f, s and sh), or voicing errors (for: k, p, t). Save the frustration and try The H Insertion Trick for Speech Therapy today.


Do you need something in your toolkit to help you teach those tricky phonological errors? Are you looking for a way to transition from isolation to word-level when nothing else has worked? Are your students inserting a stop sound AFTER their fricative and you just don’t know what to do?

This little trick goes by a few names, but it’s most commonly referred to as the ‘h insertion trick’. It is where you insert a “h” sound or word to help say your child’s target sound in a word. The idea is not to fully isolate the initial sound from the word (“s-hun”), but to slowly reduce the gap between the end of the initial sound and the start of the “h” word such as “sssssshun”, “sshun”, “sun”.

Who can you use this for?

STOPPING: ✅ — It can be helpful for those students who can say their target sound in isolation, but continue to ‘stop’ the airflow so that “fan” is produced as “fban” and “soup” is said as “stoup” or “sdoup”.

VOICING: ✅ — You might also find that this trick works well for students who are voicing a voiceless plosive at the start of their words.

OTHER IDEAS: ✅ — I haven’t personally used this for fronting or backing, but I have received feedback from SLPs who state that this trick has been useful for them to elicit the ‘k’ and ‘t’ sounds before proceeding to contrast therapy.

If you’d like to read more on this trick, I have a blog post that you might like to read.

✅ — Total of six sounds included: f, k, p, s, sh and t.
✅ — The following sounds can be useful for STOPPING: f, s, sh
✅ — The following sounds can be useful for VOICING: k, p, t
✅ — 12 target words per sound
✅ — One-page sheets containing 6 words per page
✅ — 72 flashcards featuring the target sound with cues above
✅ — The resource comes in color and black & white

What SLPs like you are saying:

❝ Super helpful and comprehensive! Thank you! This has helped so many of my students ‘get it’.❞

❝ The visuals are so helpful, especially, for “the littles” who have difficulty understanding placement cues.❞

❝ I’ve used this strategy for a long time, so I’m glad to finally have visuals for it!❞

Are you looking for similar visuals to help you with ‘s’, ‘r’, and ‘l’ clusters?

S Cluster Help Sheets
Just add ‘l’ cluster reduction
Just add ‘r’ cluster reduction

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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.

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