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
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).


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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