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My child has a lisp. How can I help her overcome it?

Although you might find it disturbing that your child has a lisp, you must understand that most four year-olds still find it difficult to pronounce words - this is due to the immature control of the muscles that are used to form sounds. For instance, your child might still be saying something like “torry” instead of “sorry,” and this is only because most children do not master the pronunciation of the first s or z until about the age of seven or eight. There are other sounds that can cause problems at this age, such as the f, v, l, r, and sh.

You will probably find that this baby speech is rather cute, but do not imitate your child’s speech or even mention it to your child - this could result in your child sticking to this way of speaking.  It is not a good idea to correct your child when she speaks this way either - it could make her become more self-conscious than she already is. Simply talk properly to your child and be a good role model.

Lisping occurs when your child pushes her tongue forward instead of letting it lie behind the teeth when forming the s sound. As they get older and their speech abilities progress, most children outgrow lisping naturally.

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