Speech errors kids make: Gliding

Speech errors kids make: Gliding
The /r/ and /l/ sounds are often quite hard to say for little ones. That’s why they often replace them for a /y/ or a /w/ sound instead. We’ve all heard a child say “yeyo “ or “yewo” instead of ‘yellow’, right? Or “eyafant” instead of ‘elephant’. If your little one does this - know that it’s called GLIDING and it’s really not uncommon.

WHEN WILL THEY STOP?
This phonological process (pattern of speech development) can hand around until a child is 6!!! SIX!!! So if you’re expecting your preschooler to speak perfectly - you need to check your expectations. Sure - many kids will be able to say /r/ and /L/ sooner than this, but if your child can’t then don’t panic.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Don’t put any pressure on your child, laugh at them or tell them they’re wrong. They should never feel corrected. Simply say the word back clearly for them. Saying it more than once, positively and in a sentence is the GOLD STANDARD.
e.g.

Child: “wed one”
Adult: “you’re right it’s a rrred one. A rrred block. You have a rrred one and a green one”.

HAVE FUN WITH SOUNDS
Look for opportunities to practice these sounds away from conversation. Could you both make silly /L/ sounds and pull faces at each other? Could you say “rrrrr” like you’re growing like a bear? Make it fun, but don’t expect too much! Remember - it’s normal for some kids to find these sounds hard until age 6.

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