Sophie is now starting to talk a LOT. But, since she has been talking a lot more, I've noticed her lisping on certain letters, D and T.
She doesnt do it with S.
I've been watching her talk, and I think it is because with D and T you have to kind of put your tongue just behind your front teeth? And perhaps she hasnt worked out how to do it properly yet?
Hope that makes sense.
any experience? is it permenant or may she grow out of it?
She had a dummy for nap and bed, but has always had an orthodontic (sp) one. I'll be so pissed off with myself if she has a speech impendement cos of me letting her have a dummy.
I'm a speech therapist but can't really comment on individual sounds/childrens speech without seeing them (I hope you understand - I'm sure you don't want to get wrong advice!). But... Generally speaking... Kids who have speech problems due to dummies tend to have them all day everyday. It's the practise of talking "around" the dummy that affects speech. Don't feel bad about the dummy - personally I don't think there's anything wrong with having one at sleep times. Dd had one for sleep until she was waking every hour for it at 6mths - she'd probably still have it if it didn't become a pain!!
Most kids speech isn't perfect at first. I'd ignore how she's saying it for now & just listen to what she's saying. If something is really unclear, repeat it back the right way - eg 'oh yes it's a DOG' but don't get her to repeat it, that gets really boring for kids & puts them off!! If she hears you saying things back clearly she'll probably copy eventually. If you get really worried ask for a referral to speech therapy.
I hope you don't mind me replying with my work head on - I know most people want advice from mums on here & sometimes I feel like I might be a bit annoying with my "therapy" hat on!! Hth
Thanks hon, thats really helpful.
She doesnt do it every time, and she is clear-ish, but she is definately most of the time putting her tongue between her teeth on those letters.
I'll see how she goes on before seeing hv
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