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How can I fix my lisp?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A lisp happens whenever a person’s tongue touches the back of their teeth or sticks their tongue between their teeth to make the "s" or "z" sound. That means the sounds come out as "thun" for "sun." For the "th" sound, you have to stick your tongue out, so it can be confusing. Say “thumb” and “that” while looking in the mirror and you will see your tongue protrude. This is normal for the “th” sound.



Janet M. Bennett

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Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.

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Q: My 10-year-old son’s orthodontist suggested that he see a Speech Pathologist to correct his tongue thrust. What does it have to do with my son getting braces?

A: Great questions. When you swallow, your tongue should push against the roof of your mouth, right behind your upper teeth. If your tongue pushes against the back of your teeth or protrudes between your teeth when you swallow, you have what is called a “tongue thrust.”



Janet M. Bennett

Written by:

Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.