Lisps Therapy Blackett
Treatment For Lateral, Interdental, Frontal & Palatal Lisps
What is a lisp?
- ‘s’ for ‘sun’
- ‘z’ for ‘zoo’
- ‘sh’ for ‘ship’
- ‘ch’ for ‘chin
- ‘j’ for ‘jumper’
- ‘zh’ for ‘measure’
Types of Lisps
There are four different types of lisps including;
Typically when we make a ‘s, z, sh, ch, j or zh’ sound, our tongue lifts at the sides to meet our teeth, to help the air travel down our tongue and out between our front teeth. A lateral lisp occurs when your child’s tongue is flat in their mouth, and air escapes from the sides of their teeth, pushing the air into their cheeks. This results in a ‘slushy’ sound.
Typically when we make a ‘s, z, sh, ch, j or zh’ sound, our tongue stays inside our mouth, behind our teeth. An inderdental lisp occurs when your child’s tongue sticks out between their teeth when making these sounds.
Typically when we make a ‘s, z, sh, ch, j or zh’ sound, our tongue stays inside our mouth, behind our teeth. A dentalised lisp occurs when your child’s tongue tip rests or pushes up against their teeth when making these sounds. This results in an unclear sound.
Typically when we make a ‘s, z, sh, ch, j or zh’ sound, our tongue tip sits behind our teeth. A palatal lisp occurs when your child’s tongue tip rests quite far back on their palate (the roof of their mouth).
WHAT CAUSES A LISP?
We wish we could tell you! There are no known causes of lisps, speech and language difficulties in children. Research tells us that 20% of children have difficulties with lisps, speech or language during the preschool years. Research has proven that there is a genetic link between family members and children with communication difficulties; however as a parent, there is nothing that you could have done to prevent your child from having this difficulty.
The best thing you can do for your child is have their speech sounds assessed by a Speech Pathologist so that you can begin working together to fix any errors that might not be appropriate for their age.
HOW CAN A LISP IMPACT ON MY child?
When children are young, it’s common for a lisp to be described as ‘cute’ or ‘sweet’. Sometimes we grow to love those little differences in our children’s speech!
However, it can actually be easier to resolve a child’s speech sound difficulty now, when they are at a younger age. This is because it is a motor plan they have developed – think about if you were right-handed, and suddenly had to learn to write with your left hand!
This would be much more achievable if you tried to make the change at the age of 5, after only holding a pencil to draw for 12 months, rather than at the age of 15, after 10 years of practice drawing, colouring and writing with that same hand.
By helping your child with their lisp at a younger age, you can help your child settle into conversations with new people more easily. School can be tricky enough without your child having to explain why they may make sounds differently to their friends.
Research suggests that as children grow and develop, they become more aware of their own skills, including their talking skills. We want your child to be a happy, confident communicator and we don’t want their speech sound errors to impact on their self-esteem and confidence.
As children develop into teenagers and young adults they often begin to job hunt and meet new people in new environments, where confident communication skills are so very important in reaching goals and meeting new friends.