Lisp Correction

by Ginger
(Boston, MA)

My 6 year old has difficulty with his "s" sounds, they come out sounding like "th". Although it sounds adorable now I don't want him to have difficulty later on in school. Are there some fun, engaging exercises or activities you can recommend to help correct the lisp? Should I just wait to see if he grows out of it? I'm a bit afraid that if I bring attention to it I may discourage him from speaking or cause him to doubt himself. Thanks for the help and advice.


May 29, 2015
Good post
by: Ms. Lorena Pagac

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May 22, 2015
Good post
by: Angelica Kling MD

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Jan 23, 2014
Additional information
by: Deborah

Hello Ginger, I am also an SLP, and I just wanted to add that it really depends on the kind of lisp that your son has. For instance, an interdental lisp (which sounds more like a clear, crisp 'th') is considered developmental, and will usually go away on its own. On the other hand, neither a lateral lisp (which sounds like a 'slushy' 'th'), nor a palatal lisp (which sounds like a cross between an 'h' and a 'y'), are considered developmental and will need therapy.

You can request a free evaluation through the school system to get a better sense of what your son is doing when he attempts to produce the 's', and you can also ask for resources/ideas to work on with him at home.

Good luck!