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4 Corrective Tips to Improve a Teen’s Lingering Lisp

Dealing with a lisp can be a frustrating and occasionally humiliating ordeal, especially for teenagers. Any issues with their speech and appearance can often take a heavy toll on teenagers who are struggling with their self-image. A few helpful tips can help to ensure that efforts to correct a lisp are more likely to succeed.

Consult with a Speech Pathologist

Seeking help from the professionals is always a good idea. There are several issues that could be contributing to a lisp, so being able to correctly identify the source of the problem is of paramount importance. Spending time trying to correct speech habits in order to deal with a lisp that may be caused by an anatomical issue can quickly become very frustrating.

Braces and Retainers

Dental alignment and anatomy is often the chief culprit behind a persistent lisp. Braces, retainers and other corrective procedures that will help to ensure proper alignment of the teeth and mouth can often be an essential aspect of any corrective effort. Even the most effective speech therapy may not be sufficient to remedy a list that is being caused by misaligned teeth.

Practicing Daily Speech Exercises

Sloppy speech patterns that have been incorrectly learned or that may stem from a physical issue often require a little bit of time, effort and work to correct. Simple daily speech exercises that may be practiced either alone or in front of a mirror can be an important part of the solution. Working with a speech pathologist or other professional in order to determine which exercises will be the most effective can help to ensure that your teen’s lisp can be dealt with more easily and effectively.

Remember to Be Patient

Even the most minor speech issues will take a little time to work out. When it comes to lisps that are caused by dental alignment or other anatomical issue, patience can be a valuable commodity. Working to correct a speech problem can quickly become a very frustrating undertaking, especially for teens who may be in a hurry to see results.

Teens who are in the process of forging and cementing their own unique identity often approach situations problems in ways that are unique to their age group. It is not uncommon for teens to be especially sensitive when dealing with any issues that may impact their speech or appearance. From simple speech exercises to using braces or a retainer to correct a lisp, being as patient, understanding and as supportive of your teen as possible can really help.

Tim Esterdahl

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