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October 2014

articulation, Parent questions, preschool age, Uncategorized, Uncategorized

Parent concern of the week: Wabbit and Wing

Question/concern: My son is four years old and he says “W” for “R.” 
Examples: Rabbit –> Wabbit, Ring–> Wing
What is wrong with my son? Why can’t he say his “Rs?” Does he need to see a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Answer: The /r/ sound is typically not mastered by the majority of children until the age of five or six, so it’s not uncommon for a four-year old to mispronounce the /r/ sound. We often hear preschoolers say “wabbit for rabbit” or “caw for car.” According to the norms by Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation 2 (GFTA-2), the /r/ in the final position of words is mastered by 85% of children at five and the /r/ in the initial and medial positions of words is mastered by 85% of children at six. Mommy Speech Therapy has a great website with the Speech Sound Development Chart. You can also find /r/ worksheets here to practice this sound at home. You can see a Speech-Language Pathologist and ask for tips to help your child learn the /r/ sound. Some kids just need a jump start! Some kids have a difficult time with many speech sounds and not just the /r/ sound so speaking with a Speech Pathologist will help direct you in the right direction. It is important for children to learn this sound by 5 or 6 because it makes them more intelligible. The /r/ sound is very common in the English language and children who can’t say this sound may sound very unintelligible to others. Many schools and insurance companies have different rules on when the speech pathologist can start treating the /r/ sound.
The /r/ sound is hard for many children to produce because it is hard for them to see where the tongue is in the mouth and what it does. It’s so much easier to teach sounds like /m/ or /f/ that are visible. The /r/ is a puzzle for many children. The /r/ is also difficult to say because the vowels that come before or after this sound make this sound look and feel different in the mouth. 
How to teach the /r/ sound? Click here for some tips.

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The Speech Chicks Reach 1,000 on Instagram

We can’t believe we’ve reached this amazing milestone on Instagram— over 1,000 followers!! We wouldn’t be here without the support of this amazing community– SLPs, parents, educators, loved ones. To give back for all the amazing support you have given us, we wanted to host a giveaway filled with some fun goodies!

1. Be an Instagram follower
2. Regram this picture–tag us and hashtag #thespeechchicksreach1000
3. Head over to our facebook ( and follow us

Thanks again for your endless support! You guys give us the strength and motivation to keep doing what we love!

language, Parent questions, toddlers, Uncategorized, Uncategorized

Parent concern of the week: My almost 3-year-old is not talking yet!

I met with a parent this week who was worried about her 2 year; 10 months old daughter’s language skills. 

Question/concern: My almost 3 year-old daughter is not talking much. She uses one word utterances (e.g. ball, cookie, mommy, etc.) to communicate. She has about 20 words. She understands almost everything we tell her. She is often frustrated and pulls us around the house to show us what she wants. Is this normal? What should I do? Her pediatrician doesn’t seem too concerned. 

Answer: Your daughter’s language skills seem to be delayed. A complete language evaluation by a Speech-Language Pathologist is recommended. Most children her age use simple sentences to communicate. She should have a word for almost everything at this point. Her speech should be understood by most familiar adults. She should understand and answer most simple WH questions (e.g. what, where, etc.). 

Check out these great recommendations by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to learn what you can do at home to help your child.