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    Evening ladies :-)

    I feel daft asking this given my job, but I'm just after information about how your 2-3 year old went/is going with pronouncing their words and consonants?

    DS is still hard to understand at times, which is normal I know, and mispronounces words, which is normal I know, but I am surprised at some of the consonants that he can't seem to say/hear.

    So he always mixes up 'n' and 'm' as in 'nolk' (milk. sigh.) and 'mappy', which I'm presuming is a hearing thing. He can't say 'l', it's always a 'y' sound (as in pyane instead of plane) and he can't say the 'r' sound unless it's at the start of a word. He can't say 'h' at the start of a word, and 'j' is 'd'.

    He also mishears things so he calls spaghetti 'middles' (as in noodles I guess).

    I know it's cute as all get out, but I am starting to wonder if I should be working on his speech a bit more? I don't want to pressure him but I don't want to miss the boat if he needs intervention.

    I assume it's probably all normal developmentally but I'd love to hear about your children.

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    Has he had his hearing checked recently?

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    No he hasn't. That's a thought.

    I thought his hearing was pretty amazing because he can like hear and announce a motorbike a good 30 seconds before it passes us. But I probably should check too.

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    Default Tell me about your toddler's speech

    Dd is almost 28 months. She pronounces L as a Y and Rs as Ws, (like rabbit/wabbit) mispronounces some difficult words like "cubumber" instead of cucumber but is mostly clear, correct and understandable. (Additional edit: except if she's hyper, excitable or being stupid lol)

    But just because she does that does not mean there's anything wrong with your ds, harvs.

    Eta: if dd mispronounces a word- like cucumber, I will correct her in a fun chastising way and she will repeat it after me for a few goes and then usually gets it correct for the day. But sometimes forgets the next time lol.
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    My DD is 8 so I can’t remember specifics, but I know at her 2 or 3 year old MCHN assessment she refused to say the word yellow because she knew she couldn’t pronounce it – she said lello.

    I do know that ‘l’ and ‘y’ can be particularly hard to say.
    I would get your boys hearing checked as there could be tones that he doesn’t hear – softer sounds can be hard to differentiate and that could be making all the difference.

    The other thing I did with my DD every time she mispronounced something – I did the old re ask the question with the word said correctly in it trick, plus I would make her look at my mouth as I re said words and told her where her tongue needs to be for certain sounds – eg. My tongue is touching to top of my teeth, my lips are pressing … see how they press when I make the sound …

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    @Oblena there are some great hints there, thank you :-)
    @Little Miss Sunshine, don't worry - I know there's nothing wrong with him, just if he needs a little extra effort from me then I'd like to start it now. I know how much kids with speech issues struggle once they start school. I can't believe your DD is almost three already!!
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    My mr almost six still sometimes says v's instead of b's

    W's for r's

    M's for n's

    Ck for t's (at the end of words)

    But all my kids have language disorders so i dont even know whats normal.

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    My son is a wee bit younger than yours and I've had him in speech for a few months now, mainly for a speech delay.

    He had fluid in his ears, which I believe was affecting his speech development. Last month the fluid finally cleared up and his speech has gone through the roof. But he is not pronouncing all the words right.

    My speech therapist is now working on getting his mouth move the right way to make the right sounds. They are so knowledgable with what sounds are hard to say together and why they struggle with certain words and sounds. We are focussing on certain words each fortnight and as Oblena said, I make him look at me when I say it and he then tries to imitate my mouth movements.

    If you're worried I don't think there is anything wrong with getting a speech assessment and going from there. Even if you get some hints and tips.

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    harvs, I work in education and often wonder about DD's articulation. I'll often say that I know what they are supposed to do from 4years up but have no idea from 0-4. The things that you mention sound largely developmental (I know R and L sounds develop later) but a hearing test is never a bad idea. The lady who did DD2's newborn hearing test said she thought all children should have their hearing tested every 6 months.

    As to the things my DD1 does - I now realise that I don't know specifically which sounds she can't do but I do know she has some sound substitutions. The thing I notice the most is that she has difficulty with words that begin with 's' particularly in consonant blends, such as 'stop' and 'stick'. She often transfers the s to the end of the word so it becomes "tops".

    I find her understandable about 80% of the time and others about 40-50%. If I'm concerned about her speech I repeat the word back to her a few times and may ask her to listen and repeat it.
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