How do I help my 3 year old to pronounce letter

Good - posted on 08/30/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Please I am not sure if I am too much in a hurry for my 3 year old daughter to pronounce the letter R. She calls it L or W as the case may be.

For example she call dress 'dless' or she can say I want to write as 'I want to white'.



Please I need help on how to help her with this.

Thanks

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Jessica - posted on 09/06/2011

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Please don't worry! It's totally normal. My daughter pronounced her g's like d's and her c's like t's until she was at least four. "Tat" for cat, "dod" for dog. My father-in-law was distressed by this and was sure she had a speech problem. He spent a lot of trying to "fix" the problem by coaching her. Didn't work! Her speech turned normal all by itself, long after we had moved away from my in-laws. Just embrace it as something cute, temporary and normal. One day she'll surprise you by saying it right, and you'll feel a little sad that that phase has passed, and is just a memory.

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Memaw (Nizzy) - posted on 09/11/2011

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Children will speak more correctly when they are around their peers, but after six children I have discovered it helps to let them put their fingers in your mouth and feel your tongue, your teeth, and the movement of your mouth in general as you slowly and clearly pronounce the letter. Don't worry, and good luck.

Julie - posted on 09/06/2011

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Don't worry. If your child is only 3 and the only sound they have trouble with is the 'r' sound, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. My son is 5 and attends speech therapy. I have a printout of the different sounds and at what age they should be mastered. The 'r' sound is one of the last to be mastered, and actually, many kids do not master it until the age of 8.

Victoria - posted on 09/01/2011

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Linda, that's funny. The area of the UK I grew up in, we tend to add A to the end of words a drop R altogether We say Warta, instead of Water & you saying that about Mass, makes me realise why people often ask my middle daughter if she's from Boston lol. She's picked up my way of speaking and added her Canadian accent to it. too funny.

Good - posted on 08/31/2011

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Thanks Linda, the web link you sent shed more light on my fears. Thanks a lot.

Good - posted on 08/31/2011

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I really appreciate everyone's suggestion. It helps. It is not speech defect at all. She has no problem of speaking, I just have to be patient. Thanks so much.

Linda - posted on 08/31/2011

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Do not worry. Most 3 year olds cannot pronounce "r". In fact, most do not until age 7! Here is a link: http://www.iched.org/cms/scripts/page.ph...

R is one of the hardest sounds to make. If you live in Massachusetts, you never learn at all! :) (I can say this since I grew up there and spent most of my life there.)

Victoria - posted on 08/30/2011

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She's three, it's perfectly normal, most kids are like that 3. If she's still talking that way at 7-8 then there could be problems, but at three it's quite normal.

Angela - posted on 08/30/2011

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This isn't a speech defect, it's what's known as "immature speech".

Ask her about colours ....

Chances are, like a couple of my own kids (now grown up) she'll say
wed for red
gween for green
owinge for orange
gway for grey - etc ....!

Colours are a good way of finding out how mature your child's speech is.

I don't think your child's speech is particularly worrying. She'll pick up the right way to pronounce words and sounds as she gets older.

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