Oakville Moms - Online Resource Site for Families
Follow us on Twitter
Home Business Feature Contests Reviews Directory Forum
Resources Free Classes Articles Classified Ads Discounts Special Promos Community
Article

 

Aspire Speech Pathology - Speech Language Pathologist: "What is a lisp?"

By RANA GUPTA B.Sc. B.Ed. M.A.SLP
CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Aspire Speech Pathology - Speech Language Pathologist

 

What is a lisp?
A lisp usually refers to a difficulty producing the /s/ and /z/ sounds because of incorrect placement or positioning of the tongue. The tongue may be sticking out between the front teeth, or the sides of the tongue may not be high enough or tense enough inside the mouth. Both of these inaccurate placements of the tongue can result in articulation errors or distortions of the /s/ or /z/ sounds.

What is the difference between a frontal and lateral lisp?
A frontal lisp (interdental) occurs when the tongue sticks out between the front teeth. This error makes /s/ and /z/ sound like “th” sound (ie. yeth/yes). A lateral lisp occurs when the air escapes over the sides of the tongue. A lateral lisp often sounds “wet” or “slushy” because you can hear the sounds of saliva.

When should treatment begin?
In young children, a frontal lisp is often a developmental distortion. This means that it may improve on its own as a child develops new sounds. Therefore a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) may wait to provide intervention for this articulation error until a child is six, seven or eight years old. A lateral lisp is not a developmental distortion. Treatment may therefore be recommended as early as 4 – 4.5 years old.

Intervention Tips

  • One of the easiest ways to begin is to tell the child to bite, smile, and blow. This can help the child learn to keep the tongue behind the teeth.
  • Have the child alternate saying the sounds th-s-th-s-th-s-th-s…. in one long breath. This helps to increase awareness of the position of the tongue tip.
  • Have the child hold a feather, a kleenex, or put their finger in front of the center of the mouth.
    Then blow air through the front of the mouth while keeping the tongue inside mouth, lowering the tongue tip slightly.
  • Have the child place a straw between his/her teeth and direct the air stream through the straw.


Source: Secord, Boyce, Donohue, Fox, Shine (2007). Eliciting sounds (2nd Ed). Thomson Delmar Learni

 

RANA GUPTA B.Sc. B.Ed. M.A.SLP
CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Joshua Creek, Oakville
Tel: 905.257.7715
Web site: http://www.aspirespeechpathology.com

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
About
Contact Us Oakville Moms Blog Testimonials Follow Oakville Moms on Twitter Find Oakville Moms on Facebook Sign up for our newsletter

 

Oakvillemoms.com is an online resource site for families. We connect moms from Oakville, Burlington, Milton,
Mississauga and all over Ontario. Our site is unique as we feature useful resources, services, contests,
articles, product reviews, forum discussions, free membership and so much more!
This site is meant to be informative, interactive and fun. It's a way of communicating with other moms and staying informed.

This site is best seen at 1024 x 768 resolution.
2006 Est. Oakville Moms copyright.
website designed by Nuevo Designs

Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Join our mailing list. FREE membership!