Lisping in Children – Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Lisping in Children – Signs, Symptoms & Treatment


I remember Manoj uncle’s son once said – “Hi Aunty, pleath thit here”. I smiled at him. But the confused mind wondered for a moment what he actually meant. I looked at uncle puzzled; he told me what the sweet little boy wanted to convey. The little boy meant was very sweet to say “Please sit here”. It is not uncommon to see some children “lisping”. We will discuss about Lisping – Signs, Symptoms & Treatment.

What is Lisping? Signs & Symptoms

Lisping is a functional speech disorder in children generally below the age of 5 years. It is the inability of a child to pronounce the consonants like ‘s, z, sh, l, r, ch’. The ‘S’ and ‘Z’ sounds are often mastered by the time a child is 7 or 8 years old. Lisping may make his speech sound different from other children at school, but demonstrating a lisp not necessarily to be dealt with frustration or shame. Deal with it by correcting your child in a fun or a funny way!

Types Of Lisp

Lisping can occur in 4 different ways – Interdental, Dentalized, Lateral & Palatial.

  • Interdental lisp – This occurs when the tongue protrudes in-between the front teeth and the ‘s’ or ‘z’ is pronounced like ‘th’.
  • Dentalized lisp or dentalized production -It occurs curs when the tongue pushes against the front teeth.
  • Lateral lisp -It occurs when the the air flows around the tongue, which is in the normal position to produce the ‘l’ sound.
  • Palatal lisp -It occurs when the middle of the tongue touches the soft palate, or roof of the mouth, when trying to produce the ‘s’ sound.


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