Children are all born beautiful and different in many ways. Some are born with crooked teeth (although this is normal at a young age) or shorter tongues that lead to producing sounds that are not ideal for standard speech. The difficulty in saying ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds are common in children. This type of speech disorder is called a LISP.
There are four kinds of lisp depending on the configuration of your tongue, mouth, and lingual frenulum or the soft tissue that connects our tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Apart from the positioning, some experts say that children have lisps because of a hearing defect or sometimes, out of habit.
As they are in their growing years, it is perfectly normal for young kids to produce interdental ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds. They are still in the process of developing their speech skills. However, you cannot take away the worry from some parents who have older children but haven’t seemed to outgrow their lisp yet.
Check out the video below to better understand the different kinds of LISP, how they actually sound, why we have them and if we need to treat them. A very informative resource to visually teach you all the things you need to know about lisps!
This video was shared from the YouTube channel of Seeker whose goal is to educate and inform its viewers about technology, innovation and the future.
As a mother of a kid facing the same barrier, it concerns me whether I should seek the help of a speech therapist or not. Aside from the obvious expenses, I am concerned about the psychological implications it will have for my son. He is still very young and will probably grow out of his lisp soon. I am continuously looking to study more about LISP and how to correct them at an early age.
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