My 2 year old has a bad lisp.
She is a very active talker, communicates with us very well.
She has troubles pronouncing words with:
• "Th", words like; thank, this, tooth etc
• "S", words like; Snake, spiders etc
• "Z" sounds like; Zach, Zoo, Zip.
And she struggles with "R" sounding words but not as much as the others.
She will spit/drool when the Lisp comes through.
I'm just very worried as I have a lisp, I know how much it has effected my life, it's horrible and mine was left to long that I just can't grasp speech therapy so I'm worried about DD.
I'm also feeling guilty that maybe the only reason she has a lisp is because she hears me say things, and has copied.
Family already tease dd about it, however whenever I have heard anyone say something bad about the lisp to her I pull them up and tell them that is completely unacceptable, and I won't tolerate them bullying my daughter like that so family have backed off now.
DD has a few older friends (around 4) and they will sometimes say to dd "Can you say Snake" dd will say snake and they laugh, dd doesn't understand but I'm worried, She will understand when she is at school
My dr has said not to worry about it, she will grow out of it but I'm not to convinced (maybe because I have a lisp that followed me into adulthood)
My husband finds it cute, he always said my Lisp is what caught his attention and he finds it attractive In me. he thinks we should leave dd the way she is.
He has said if I'm that set on speech therapy he will support it though.
I want dd to go to speech therapy, I wish my parents took me when I was younger!
Not when I was 15 and begged, by that point it was to late.
I feel like an idiot when my lisp comes through, it has knocked my self confidence for years and I just can't help but blame myself for dd's lisp.
My lisp isn't sever, but it's bad enough for people to still tease me about it, I don't spit when I talk, but "Th" and "S" words are difficult for me, if I'm very nervous when I speak I can stumble on my words and I just end up looking like an idiot who can't speak.
I do not want her subjected to the constant teasing I had, or still have from time to time.
Maybe I'm overreacting and she is only 2.
But at what point would you say "Yep the lisp is not a cute baby thing, it's time for speech therapy"
Is 2 years old to young?
I'm I being paranoid, or over reacting?
Should I just leave it like my husband says, just teach her not every one sounds the same and help her build confidence in the way she speaks and to have acceptance of others?
I'm just worried about it all.
I suppose my biggest question is what age do you send a child with a lisp to speech therapy?
It might just be a baby thing but I don't want to wait for it to get worse
Sorry this has turned into a bit of a vent, it's just been playing on my mind a lot lately.