A Lisp... What Is It & Do I Act?

What is a lisp?

A lisp is a functional speech disorder affecting 'soft' sounds like s, z, sh, ch, j, zh (as in television).

The child has either:

a) Trouble making the sound, or

b) Has learned to say the sound incorrectly.

What would I hear or see?

You might see he tongue poking through the front teeth (inter-dental lisp) and hear a 'th' sound.

Or you might hear a 'slushy' unclear sound where the air is escaping sideways (lateral lisp).

When should I act?

It is normal for some children to have an inter-dental lisp, but they should have a nice clear 's' sound by around 4-4.5 years old. Is isn't normal to have a lateral 's'.

** Be mindful of missing front teeth**

Info sourced from:

Written by Lindsay Underwood, Paediatric Speech Pathologist

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