W instead of R

My five year old boy uses the W sound rather than an R sound when using words beginning with R. When the R sound is mid word or at the end of the word he pronounces it fine. Should I seek help ?

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Mar 14, 2013
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Not just yet.
by: Luke from HomeSpeechHome

Hi there,

This is a common substitution for young children.

Trouble with "R" sound isn't considered problematic until around about 7 1/2 years of age (see reference on our site at the link below).

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

The fact that he can say the "R" sound in the middle and end of words is awesome! This is a strong indicator that he should eventually generalize his use of the "R" sound by using it in the beginning of words.

If he hasn't by about 7 1/2 years old...seek help then. I hope this helps.

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