Induced Lisp

by lisa

Hi, My daughter is 6 and a half and has been attending speech and language therapy since she was 3. she was born 3 months prematurely and has always had an issue with delayed speech. I have just received a call from our speech and language therapist who has suggested we induce a lisp as she cannot say /s/. She is thinking that we replace /s/ with /th/ until she can learn to say /s/.

I have concerns about this as I feel she has enough speech problems without us teaching her another. I am also concerned how this would affect her spelling at school. for example she sounds out words to spell them so if we teach her to say yeth rather than yes this will have an impact on her spelling of the words.

I have tried to find information online about inducing a lisp but have been unable to find anything and wondered if anyone here has heard of it or could give me some advice.


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Aug 30, 2014
by: Bridget

Interesting....To be honest, I have never heard of this technique and cannot comment on why someone would use it.

Personally, I would NOT suggest encouraging your child to replace "th" with /s/. Then you will just have to fix that problem later.

What does your child say for /s/ at the moment?

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