Tips for Saying the “F” and “V” Sounds

I have shared the following tips for saying the “f” and “v” sounds with my clients.

I HIGHLY encourage using these tips under the guidance of an experienced speech language pathologist. This is because a speech language pathologist can provide models and troubleshoot and answer your questions.


  1. Call the sound something that describes the hissing quality of the “f” (the angry cat sound) or the vibrating sound of the “v” (the vacuum sound). FYI: The “f” is a voiceless sound- your vocal cords do not vibrate when it’s produced in isolation. The “v” is a voiced sound – your vocal cords vibrate when it’s produced in isolation. Touch your voice box to try it out!
  2. Encourage the child to gently bite his lower lip with his upper teeth and then instruct him to blow.
  3. Use a tissue or hold hand in front of mouth while producing several long “f” sounds to draw attention to the “hissing” quality and continuous nature of the sounds.
  4. Tape tissue paper to the end of a pencil and encourage the child to move the paper in the wind.
  5. Touch the lower lip and bottom of the upper front teeth with a tongue depressor. Then, ask him to bring the upper teeth and lower lip together to touch where you touched.

I love to use picture books and stories to bombard my clients with their targets and find that they enjoy it too because there is less pressure to repeat the target on command. These are just some of the books I use – there’s a ton more:

For the “F” Sound:

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish  by Dr. Seuss
This book is a bit long, so it’s probably best for older children.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Great for opposites too!

How Do You Feel ?by Mandy Stanley
Good for transitioning from single words to the phrase level because the phrase “How do you feel?” repeats throughout the book.

For the “V” Sound:

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman 
(good for “V” in the medial and final positions of a word)

Daddy Fixed the Vacuum Cleanerby Robert Scotellaro
(opportunities for “F” and “V”)

Hope these tips help!

Adapted from: Bleile, K. (2004).Manual of Articulation and Phonological Disorders: Infancy through Adulthood.Clifton Park: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Kimberly Scanlon, owner of Scanlon Speech Therapy, provides speech therapy in Bergen County, NJ. If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language skills, please do not hesitate to call: 201-874-8951 or email:

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