Does My Son Need Speech Therapy

by Melanie
(Brisbane, Australia)

Hi I have an 11 year old son who always pronounced his "L" words with a "W".

We have always thought he may grow out of it seeing we always try & correct him. He is getting ready to go to high school next year & I'm concerned that it could inhibit him.

Should we seek therapy or is he likely to outgrow it?

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Aug 26, 2014
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Does my son need speech therapy?
by: Rosario

I recommend having your son evaluated by a speech-Language Pathologist.

Also, you may take him to his pediatrician and/or Ear Nose Throat Doctor (otorhynolaringologist)to evaluate your son's lingual frenum to make sure it is not short and inhibiting him from correctly producing the /l/ sound.

Aug 25, 2014
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Definitely seek speech therapy
by: Luke from HomeSpeechHome

Yes Melanie,

You should definitely get therapy for your son.

Children should outgrow "L" sound errors by age 6. See norms at the following link.

http://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-development-in-children.html#Speech_Development_Chart

You may be interested in our downloadable book on teaching the "L" sound...

http://www.home-speech-home.com/buy-teaching-the-L.html

Whatever you choose therapy is a must at his age. Best of luck.

Sincerely,

Luke
HomeSpeechHome

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