By: Red Door Pediatric Therapy Staff
A lisp is a common speech disorder that affects the pronunciation of certain sounds. Children with a lisp may have difficulty producing the “s” and “z” sounds, as well as the “sh” and “ch” sounds. This can be frustrating for both the child and the parents, but it is important to remember that lisps are treatable with the help of a speech-language pathologist (SLP).
What is a lisp and what causes it?
When should I be concerned about my child’s lisp?
What can I do if my child has a lisp?
What does speech therapy for a lisp involve?
- Articulation therapy: This involves teaching your child how to produce the sounds correctly through a series of exercises and drills.
- Oral-motor therapy: This involves exercises to improve the strength and coordination of the muscles in the mouth and face.
- Speech-sound discrimination: This involves helping your child to identify and differentiate between the correct and incorrect production of sounds.
- Environmental modifications: This involves making changes to the environment to support your child’s communication skills, such as reducing background noise or providing visual cues.
- Providing opportunities for your child to practice their speech skills, such as through conversation or reading aloud.
- Encouraging your child to engage in activities that promote oral-motor development, such as blowing bubbles or playing with chewy toys.
- Using positive reinforcement to encourage your child’s progress and celebrate their successes.