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Does anyone have a lisp?

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Jorisbohnson33 · 02/09/2022 21:41

Mine has become a lot better since I had braces but I still have a slight hint of one.
Kids at school (and later on kids I taught!) And my abusive ex would do impressions of me/make fun.
It's only a slight one now but it still makes me a little self conscious about speaking. I feel it more when I sing or raise my voice?
Has anybody else got one or maybe had speech therapy?
I don't have any trouble pronouncing letters.

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Daisymae55 · 02/09/2022 21:46

I have one. Honestly I think I’ve been quite lucky as the only people to make fun of it have been my mum and brother. I have to really concentrate when talking to minimise it. My husband says it’s now only noticeable if I’m very excited or angry. But it’s just something that I don’t even really think about now. I know plenty of people with one.

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getsomehelp · 02/09/2022 22:01

Where I live you could have seen an orthophonist to correct this when you were younger, just with exercises once a week
I wonder if it works for adults ?

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Rochyella84 · 02/09/2022 22:12

I’m a speech therapist, I specialise in speech sounds and have corrected a lot of lisps. It can be corrected even as an adult but you need to be REALLY committed to practice. It’s a very ingrained pattern by this point and overriding it takes work. It can be done though!

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Wouldloveanother · 02/09/2022 22:14

I did but trained it out of myself. Realised all would be solved if I kept my tongue behind my teeth when pronouncing ‘s’ sounds.

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Wouldloveanother · 02/09/2022 22:14

That was when I was about 7 mind you!

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IsJohnReadyToMakeAComeback · 02/09/2022 22:14

Me. I don't care. Its not like I can help it.

I also have Multiple Sclerosis, so I can't speak in sentences. Don't worry what people think.

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Jorisbohnson33 · 02/09/2022 22:17

I think my ex just made me very self conscious by saying my mouth looked really weird when I spoke and constantly mimicking me. There was no need for it.
I don't understand why people 'tease' others about stuff that's not funny in any way.
I'll look into speech therapy and how affordable it is.
I also had a tongue tie but had this removed about 8 years ago.

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Rochyella84 · 02/09/2022 22:54

Jorisbohnson33 · 02/09/2022 22:17

I think my ex just made me very self conscious by saying my mouth looked really weird when I spoke and constantly mimicking me. There was no need for it.
I don't understand why people 'tease' others about stuff that's not funny in any way.
I'll look into speech therapy and how affordable it is.
I also had a tongue tie but had this removed about 8 years ago.

There is no need for anyone to mock anyone else's speech, especially adults who should know better. IMO a lisp is no different to any other speech sound issue - it's more accepted socially as it is quite common, but I don't blame you for wanting to correct it.

You'd be looking at between £50-80 for a private therapy session depending on where you are based. You wouldn't need a huge amount of input - probably a couple of sessions to make sure you have the placement correct and can articulate it correctly in all word positions. Then it's a case of doing enough practice to generalise your new 's' in place of the old one (roughly 2-3 mins practice 3+ times a day aiming for as many repetitions as possible in that time). Good luck!

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StrawberrySquash · 02/09/2022 22:57

I had one as a child and had some speech therapy. I did have to learn how not do it, and practice, but I don't remember it being a huge burden. Although presumably easier as a child to be moulded.

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Norugratsatall · 03/09/2022 20:33

Four years ago I had an accident whilst out jogging and suffered awful facial injuries including splitting my lower lip in half. It was stitched up a bit tight and I've had a lisp ever since. Doesn't bother me.

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Pinklady28 · 18/03/2023 10:14

I have a lisp but qantto get my tongue pierced what I'm wondering though will this help my lisp or make it worse has anyone got any experience about this topic

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