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My 3.75 yo daughter has a slight lisp which needs to be evaluated for Tongue Thrust. How difficult will the speech therapy be or will it fix itself?

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Dr. Parag Parikh
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tongue tie

She may have tongue tie,the tip of tongue is held back due to a residual membrane under the tongue,if so ,this needs to be released,surgically ,have her see an ent first,then a speech therapist

In brief: Tongue tie

She may have tongue tie,the tip of tongue is held back due to a residual membrane under the tongue,if so ,this needs to be released,surgically ,have her see an ent first,then a speech therapist
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: A tongue

thrust is easily diagnosed & treated with an oral device by a dentist or orthodontist.
If the lisp is frontal or interdental & she is assiduous about practicing what she learns in speech therapy, the combination would help correct or greatly reduce the lisp. A palatal or lateral lisp would be more labor-intensive to remediate, but can also improve with therapy.

In brief: A tongue

thrust is easily diagnosed & treated with an oral device by a dentist or orthodontist.
If the lisp is frontal or interdental & she is assiduous about practicing what she learns in speech therapy, the combination would help correct or greatly reduce the lisp. A palatal or lateral lisp would be more labor-intensive to remediate, but can also improve with therapy.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
I apologize, I misread your daughter's age. A lisp may be developmentally within normal limits till age 4 1/2 years. My answer is for older children , teens & adults. Evaluation by a pediodontist, pediatric dentist, is still appropriate, as is discontinuing pacifiers & sippee cups
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