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The wrong pronunciation of sounds in children, when should you worry?

The wrong pronunciation of sounds in children, when should you worry?

When the child is a babysitter and gangster is a natural form of communication for him. But when you find out that the little boy has reached preschool and he still pronounces certain sounds or words you start to worry. Find out if you have reasons or not!

Even preschoolers can have natural pronunciation problems!

Even if your little one has grown up, he may still have difficulty speaking certain sounds correctly. Specialists claim that in 3 anisors or 4 children can still say the wrong words using the wrong sounds.

3-4 year olds can more easily make sounds that form in the front of the mouth with the help of lip molding such as "m", "b" or "p". They can easily see you when and how you train them and imitate you. But consonants like "g" for example are harder to reproduce because they are produced in the back of the mouth, where the child has no visual access. These small errors of pronouncement are physiological in nature and do not pose problems of concern. They are corrected, with your help, as they get older.

Development of pronunciation in children

From the baby stage begins playing with different sounds as a form of communication. By the age of 2, the child is already beginning to say certain words correctly, and from 3 years the development of language and speech is expanding. The child begins to assimilate words quickly. Starting with preschool age speech development reaches about 75-100% of potential and the little one should be understood in what he wants to express.

When is the case to worry about?

One of the speech disorders that occurs frequently at this age is dyslalia. It consists in the deviation from the usual pronunciation and is manifested by the inability to emit sounds or syllables through:

  • omission;

  • replacement;

  • reversal;

  • deformation.

By the age of 3 and a half the development of speech in children should be quite advanced.

Signs that you have to go with the little one to the control

  • if you notice that your little one is not talking at all or does not make any sound for a while;

  • if, at the beginning of the preschool period, the child makes a lot of pronunciation mistakes in relation to the sounds he speaks correctly;

  • if until the age of 5 he fails to pronounce sounds correctly;

  • if by the end of the preschool period he is not able to be understood by those around him (especially by strangers, by people who do not know him);

  • if you have swallowing problems;

  • if it over-salivates when it sounds.

Go with him first to the pediatrician who deals with him. He will recommend a speech therapy specialist to work with the baby. But not before doing more investigations to see if there is a medical cause that is the basis of the inability to pronounce words. In some situations, depending on the causes underlying the child's difficulty in properly speaking sounds, the help of a psychotherapist may also be required.

How can you help the child when he utters the wrong words or sounds?

Ever since you are a child, you should take care to correct the child's small pronunciation errors in time:

  • speak with him clearly and sharply, pronouncing the words fully and stressed;

  • if he says the wrong word or the wrong sound, repeat the correct form after him (but do not force him to reproduce after you, he will do it in time);

  • it does not deride the way in which it pronounces certain words and it does not allow others to make jokes on his account (it creates frustrations and it diminishes the self-esteem).

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