Understanding Lisp

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What is a lisp?

 

A lisp is known to be a mispronounced sound which is caused by the misplacement of the tongue during speech. There are two types of lisp:

 

  1. Frontal lisp — This happens when the tongue is placed too far forward therefore making a /th/ sound for /s/ and /z/ sound (e.g.: saying thunk when you meant skunk)

 

  1. Lateral lisp — This happens when the tongue is placed too far back which causes air to escape from the sides of the tongue therefore making a slushy sound for /s/ and /z/ (e.g.: yeth for yes)

 

How to correct it?

 

A lisp can be readily corrected at any age and as quickly as within 3 months. However, the best way to correct it is to approach a professional. To fully understand the treatment process for lisp, it would be best if you contact a speech therapist and make an appointment to get the lisp treated.

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