Speech question

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am not a biological mom, so I am learning things as they come up and am leaning on the rest of you for help :) My 4 year old step-daughter has trouble with certain words/sounds. She has problems differentiating pronouns. Example: "The dog is on him's leash" instead of "The dog is on his leash." She also has trouble with the hard G sound. Instead of saying "girl," she will say "dirl." Will these issues iron out over time? I am just not very knowledgeable with the typical speech development of a 4 year old. Thanks!

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Cynthia - posted on 03/23/2012

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I have had a 7 yr old with speech problems who is now speaking alot better and now a 4 yr old(almost 5 yr old) with speech problems.. My advice is for you to get your step daughter to see a speech therapist asap... It will do her a world of good... :D

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2012

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My daughters are 4 and they both still have some issues with sounding out some of the letters or words. Its gradually getting better. I have been working with them on it and I am hoping once they start school in the fall and they start hearing the other kids saying the words correctly that it will help them out as well.. Just keep working with her on her speech on a daily basis.

Chantel - posted on 02/08/2012

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They should definitely iron out over time. You can always gently remind her the proper way to say the words without telling her she is saying them incorrectly. For example: the next time she says something about a "dirl", you can repeat back to her exactly what she said but say girl the correct way with putting a slight emphases on the G.

The same goes with all the other little cute oddities! But also, enjoy these mispronounciations because they don't last very long and then you'll be wondering where that adorable little girl with the words that made you laugh went!

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