A lisp is a speech difficulty or articulation difficulty which involves putting your tongue between your teeth when you say the sounds /s/ or /z/.
Young children often speak with a lisp quality to their speech and it then disappears by age 5-6 without any intervention. If your child has a lisp beyond 6 or 7 years you may need to seek input from a speech and language therapist. Only seek treatment if you or your child is personally bothered by its effect on the quality of speech.
Treatment Of A Lisp
Depending on the speech difficulty, our expert Speech & Language Therapist will devise an individualised treatment plan. We will do a detailed assessment of you or your child’s speech using formal and informal tools.This will involve instruction on how to produce a /s/ using a centralised airstream and correct placement of the articulators (namely the tongue). You or your child will be given specific speech exercises to try and practice using your new technique. We will guide you on the best ways to successfully transfer the skills learned in our clinic to home and other everyday settings.
Child Friendly: All treatment modalities that we use will be child friendly and usually involve using pictures and games to encourage communication and interaction and help motivate your child.
Guidance: We will guide you on the best ways to successfully transfer the skills learned in our clinic setting to home and other everyday settings.
Support: Worksheets will be provided each week in order to encourage and facilitate regular practice and improvement at home between your child’s sessions. At all stages throughout the treatment plan, we will provide detailed guidance for you on how to support your child’s speech development between sessions depending on the stage of treatment.
Symptoms Of a lisp
In typical production of these sounds (s,z) it is usual to use a centralised airstream through the front of the teeth, the tongue usually rests behind the top or bottom teeth. However when a person has a lisp the tongue is not placed behind the teeth but between the teeth. This gives rise to the lisp quality. This is what Speech and Language Therapists refer to as an interdental /s/. If a lateral airstream is used instead of a central one – this is referred to as a lateralised /s/. Your Speech and Language Therapist will be able to tell which type of speech difficulty you or you child has.
Our Expertise Of A Lisp
All of Spectrum Health’s Speech and Language therapists are qualified from University with a B.Sc. or M.sc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy and have ample experience working with children and adults who have a lisp. Lisp is a very common speech difficulty which SLTs treat.
We recommend that you book in for a 30 minute informal assessment for a lisp and we will be able to provide guidance on your speech difficulty and recommend further assessment and treatment if needed.