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#1 i-love-my-son

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

Hi lovely ladies of EB.  My DS, although very eloquent, still has a lisp at 7.5 years old.  Eg thimble and symbol sound identical, he can't hiss properly (it's halfway between sssss and ttthhhh) and it's obvious that his tongue is just not getting in the correct position to pronounce the words correctly.

Should I investigate a speech pathologist, or is this likely to resolve of its own accord?  And how do you get to a speech pathologist - do you need a GP's recommendation or a paediatrician's recommendation?  And does anyone know of any good speech pathologists in the Brisbane (preferably southside) area?

Thanks all!

#2 LittleListen

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

The speechie that works through my cc centre told me that lisps are especially important to catch as early as possible as after the age of 8 they are harder (and often not able) to be fixed (depending on the cause of the lisp).

I would definitely get on it right away. Without intervention its unlikely to fix itself. Most private speechies do not require a referral so you can just ring and book.

Best of luck OP.

#3 humphreybear

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

See a speech therapist. We are going Through the same thing and I think I should have done I earlier (it is the second lot of speech therapy - different issues).


ETA - why does the autocorrect hate Ts?

Edited by humphreybear, 15 April 2012 - 11:18 AM.


#4 Guest_Telmatiaeos_*

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

Definitely.  DS2 is 3.  He has a lateral lisp and is seeing a speech therapist for it.  It's important to catch it early.

#5 somila

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:11 PM

I had a tongue-thrust that no-one mentioned to me until my teens.  Apparently my parents thought it was cute.  I wish someone had taught me how to say sh and ch correctly before then!  Do it now!

#6 tibs

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

My 2 year old has a lisp but our GP said she will probably grow out of it and so not to do anything?  


#7 somila

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

QUOTE (tibs @ 15/04/2012, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 2 year old has a lisp but our GP said she will probably grow out of it and so not to do anything?

Tibs I'm sure my parents thought the same thing.  My children had lisps as toddlers - I just kept reminding them to put their tongue behind their teeth (practised SSSSSS with the front teeth closed to demonstrate) until they got it, well before school age.  If they hadn't I would have taken them to speech therapy.

#8 Nine.years

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

Lateral lisps are a little bit different to the usual 'th' sort of lisp.  They tend to be less likely to resolve by themselves so it's worth addressing them earlier rather than taking a wait and see approach, even in quite a young child.

OP, as a speechie, I'd definitely recommend having a lisp in a 7.5 year old looked at by a speech pathologist, particularly if it is making the child self conscious or is affecting intelligibility.  

It shouldn't be too difficult to resolve if the child is motivated and homework is done, but it probably won't go away on its own at this point.


Edited by Sevenyears, 15 April 2012 - 02:26 PM.


#9 somila

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

QUOTE (Telmatiaeos @ 15/04/2012, 11:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Definitely.  DS2 is 3.  He has a lateral lisp and is seeing a speech therapist for it.  It's important to catch it early.

Ooh - is that the Liz Smylie "That's why I chew Extra"- type lisp?  Why is it that people with lisps always seem to have those ssss/sh sounds in their names!


#10 Kay1

Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

My son is 6.5 and has the same thing. I got an appointment with our local (free) speech pathologist (through our local area health service). We had to wait a while but it was great. She did an assessment and gave us some exercises then we had a review a few weeks later. He can make the sound almost correctly now but we need to work on making it come naturally to him. There is a specific method of doing this and it takes quite a lot of work which frankly we don't really have time to do so he is not progressing as he could.

I didn't want to just leave it though as my cousin had the same thing and still lisps as an adult.

#11 cherub28

Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:06 PM

My DS is also 7.5 with a lisp (eg can't say ssssss without his tongue between his teeth) but he is not particularly concerned with it himself, although people sometimes comment to me.
He saw a speechie early on for delays but I also assumed he would grow out of the lisp.
Maybe I should follow this up too  sad.gif

#12 i-love-my-son

Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

Thanks for the information, ladies.  I guess we have probably been a bit slack (although having said that, he had much more serious medical issues up to age 3-5 or so, and we didn't really want to see any more medical-type professionals than we needed to).

I will get right onto finding a speechie.  It's definitely a tongue-positioning thing, he's not self-conscious about it and we think it's cute, but we definitely don't want it there permanently!!  And he's very motivated and likes learning and getting things correct, so I don't foresee any issue in doing exercises etc!

Thanks again!




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