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Tongue thrust & lisp - almost six year old

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Sallyjally Sun 03-Dec-17 08:15:21

Hi there,
My six year old was recently referred for speech therapy by her dentist due to concerns about her teeth (slightly open bite) due to the effects of a tongue thrust. She lisps the S and Z sounds and from what I understand this can be still quite common for her age group but she has a great deal of difficulty getting the tongue back for these sounds due to the gap between her teeth from the open bite..the dental issues are what concerns me most. I haven't yet met with the speech therapist but have been researching a lot online but can't seem to find many success stories from parents or actual timeframes of how long therapy took (the quoted time frames seem to be quite different on websites).

She never took a bottle (breastfed until 12 months, refused all bottles), never had a dummy/pacifier, never sucked her thumb, moved on from sippy cups quickly to an open cup (all of these things that I've read as being risk factors for tongue thrust).
She does suck on her tongue which I try to stop when I catch her but I'm not always there to see it (any suggestions on how to stop this would be welcomed!)

She also has an appointment scheduled with her doctor to check tonsils/adenoids/ENT issues.

I'm just after some stories from parents who have had similar issues as I'm stressed out about it! Thanks.

Sallyjally Wed 13-Dec-17 10:19:40

Any experiences at all?

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Wed 13-Dec-17 18:41:39

Sorry, I’ve got no experience but didn’t want you to go unanswered. Hopefully this will bump for you fsmile

Sallyjally Thu 14-Dec-17 06:11:16

Thanks!

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