Q: How young do you see children with a lateral lisps?
Most SLPs leave the lateral lisp alone until age 6-8. However, I and many other therapists address it earlier with children 4 and 5 years of age. I work on the following with younger kids–
- I make sure that T and D are midline and not lateral. If they are lateral, I straighten them out. I use a straw for this– They produce T into the straw held outside the teeth at midline.
- I work on FINAL T with the straw – boat, coat, light, fight, mate, bait, etc.
- I work on FINAL TS with the straw. I call this a “Long T” or “T with more air.” I do this by working on “It’s” and “That’s” and by stimulating plural, possessive, and 3rd person verb marker.
- Sometimes I teach a child to use a FRONTAL LISP instead. This brings the airflow to the midline and puts him on the normal developmental path.
- I work on Sh as taught from E (as I teach it in my classes).