Your child 3-5 years

It has a small pronunciation defect

Little, his "Mama ze love you" softened you. But growing up, your child has kept this funny pronunciation. And you start to worry about it. How to help?

The problem

Until then, your child was not the only one to skin some words. But while these little flaws have disappeared naturally in his friends, yours still has his "hair on the tongue" and zozote. Would not he need a little help to pass the course?

Who disturbs it?

  • Your child. Sometimes you make fun of him. He feels uncomfortable or even reluctant to go to school.
  • You. You fear that your child is suffering from this situation, that it hinders him in his schooling.


He pronounces badly

Your child replaces the sound "z" with the sound "s", or the "k" with a "t", or does not know how to pronounce the "ch" ... It always distorts the same sound. This is called a disorder of the joint.

  • What has to be done. Pronouncing requires perfect control of fine motor skills in the tongue and mouth. If your child misplaces his tongue, the sound may not be correct. A minor problem, but likely to settle. Talk to the pediatrician. He will ask for a speech and hearing assessment. Indeed, this disorder can be caused by bad hearing. In the majority of cases, a few speech therapy sessions will be enough to remedy it. For your part, do not ask him to repeat, but rephrase the sentence after him, slowly and precisely.
  • What to tell him. "Yes, you took a sweetie," when he says "Z'ai a sweetie."

He distorts the words

In his mouth, "washbasin" becomes "valabo", "car", "voitu": it invades whole syllables or totally suppresses certain sounds.

  • What has to be done. These little failures accompany the learning of the language, but if they persist beyond 3 years and a half-4 years, a communication problem can be installed. Again, your doctor will advise you for follow-up speech therapy, sometimes with a psychological follow-up: would your child not want to prolong his comfortable baby status? In any case, intervene as early as possible, before the CP, so that your child can read and write by mastering his oral language.

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