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DS pronouncing his 'f's as 'th's - should I correct him?

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thedolly Thu 03-Sep-09 14:52:53

This is a recent development. My DS is almost 6 and at the early stages of reading - is this relevant?

He does it mostly when speaking as opposed to reading.

mathanxiety Thu 03-Sep-09 15:19:27

Has he lost any teeth? Sometimes 'f' is hard without front teeth.

thedolly Thu 03-Sep-09 17:23:42

No mathanxiety, he still has all his baby teeth. He has up until now been total fine with both of these sounds.

mathanxiety Thu 03-Sep-09 18:14:53

Does someone in school pronounce it this way?

GoldenSnitch Thu 03-Sep-09 18:19:28

My DS is 2 and pronounces all 'th's as 'f's

This bothers me because DH does the same (although he tries really hard not to around DS) and he gets the mickey taken out of him at work for it.

From what I've read, some kids don't get 'th' and 'f' until 6 or 7. Maybe if it's a developmental milestone, he's just playing with the new sounds?

If you carry on using the sounds correctly, he may get bored and go back?

sweetnitanitro Thu 03-Sep-09 18:24:58

I did this when I was a kid, I got confused because the majority of children at my school pronounced 'th' as 'f' and I couldn't remember which words were meant to be 'th' and which were meant to be 'f'. Could this be a factor, especially since he is reading it correctly?

thedolly Thu 03-Sep-09 19:11:47

Thanks for the ideas ladies smile

It developed over the summer so it's not from school (or anyone else)

I'm hoping it is a developmental/experimental phase.

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