How do I overcome a lisp

Overcome the lisp

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    Be smartMost children lisp head-on: the tongue is pushed too far forward. Many children lisp this way, but most of them lose their lisp naturally. If this is not the case, the ghosts argue a little. Some say the child should start speech therapy as early as possible, around four and a half years. Others suggest that it is better to wait until the age of 7. Seek advice from your doctor and speech therapist. Don't be too worried while the child is very young. As I said, many children are lisping.
    • When it comes to the other lisp - the tongue tends to slide back rather than forward - it is better to consult a speech therapist.
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    Do not point out the lisp too much. It can be embarrassing and the child is ashamed of it. This will make it harder to get rid of the lisp.[8]

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    Treat allergies and sinus problems. If the child has a constant cold, stuffy nose or similar symptoms, this can affect speaking. This is often the reason when the child presses the tongue forward with sounds other than just the "S".[9]

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    Try to stop thumb sucking. It's usually not too bad for toddlers, but once there are teeth it can move them. This can also have a negative effect on possible lisp.[10] After age 4, find something the child can do to replace thumb sucking. Both hands should be used by the child. The child won't stop just because you tell them to.

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    Oral motor exercises are sometimes used in young children to improve pronunciation. However, according to research, these are not very effective when it comes to ordinary lisp.[11] Even so, a lisping child may develop better mouth muscles. In addition, the exercises are simple and harmless. For example, drink with a straw and motivate them to play toys that they have to blow with.[12]

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    Talk to a doctor about the tongue ligament. In some people, the tongue is too fused to the floor of the mouth. If the child is having trouble sticking their tongue out or licking their lips, this could be the cause of the lisp.[13] The child doesn't always need surgery, but sometimes it is. The operation only takes a few minutes and side effects are “only” a sore mouth for a few days.[14]

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    After an operation you need a few exercises. The tongue becomes stronger, language problems are counteracted and the tongue ligament does not grow back. If the child is still being breastfed, the doctor usually suggests that the tongue be gently pulled and stretched gently with clean hands. becomes.[15]