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    Speech Therapy?

    created by MorganP06 148 days 3 hours 13 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Speech Therapy?

    Good morning, CNET!

    Did you or someone you know have speech therapy when they were younger? What age did that start at?

    My two year old is struggling to pronounce anything with an "s" so I am on the fence if I should start her early in a speech therapy program or if I am jumping the gun and need to let her grow and develop a little while longer.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


    Thanks,
    Morgan

    Re: Speech Therapy?

    Hey Morgan,

    I have a 3 year old niece who currently has speech therapy as she is struggling with some sounds and words as well. I'm not sure what the appropriate age would be to start but my sister was told that the earlier the better since her daughter's language skills are developing.

    I myself had speech therapy in school at around age 6 because I had difficulty pronouncing "s" as well. People always thought I was saying "f". Even till this day there are times when I have to really enunciate the "s" as people think I'm saying "f".

    Thanks for the forum!

    Have a good one!

    Kathy

    Re: Speech Therapy?

    Hi Morgan,

    My brother had speech therapy since about age 2 1/2. Right after I was born, his peers in daycare just loved the new baby (me) and all of them could say "Kasey" except him. He called me TaTee. My parents took him for evaluation because that was a clue that something was wrong.

    If most of her peers have trouble with "s", then maybe wait a couple of months for development, but otherwise, the sooner the better.

    Good luck with this.

    Kasey

    Re: Speech Therapy?

    Hi Morgan,

    I had to respond to your forum since I am a speech language pathologist! Typically we do not start working on speech sounds until around the age of three because it is very typical for a 2 year old to still have difficulty saying certain sounds. If she is producing her /s/ sounds with her tongue between her teeth (frontal lisp) then that is considered developmental and most children grow out of it by the age of 8. What is more typical in young children when they are developing speech, is the use of phonological processes which are the child's way of simplifying adult speech which is motorically too difficult for them at first. They substitute whole classes of sounds for example sometimes they stop the air on all sounds that should have continuous air, sounds like /s/ and /f/ so they say "tun" for "sun" and "pish" for " fish" which is the process of stopping , sometimes they omit the /s/ from an /s/ blend for example "poon" for "spoon" which is the process of cluster reduction, or they make sounds that should be made in the back of their mouth more forward in their mouth for example they say, "tow" for "cow" or "dough" for "go" which is the process of fronting. Children have certain ages in which to grow out of each phonological process for example the phonological process of cluster reduction should be eliminated by 3 years 6 months-4 years old, stopping should be eliminated by 3 years of age. 3 years old is the first age at which the early processes should be eliminated by which is the reason for not working on speech/articulation until age 3. We separate speech from language so if a child is not speaking very much or not using very many words or not putting two words together at age 2 then we might have concerns regarding their language. Sorry for the long response, it is really too much to try and put into a forum reply but an excellent resource to go to is the American Speech Language Hearing Association ASHA Website, you can find the developmental norms for speech and language on there.

    Hope this helps!

    Karen