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When does the child start saying "r"?

When does the child start saying "r"?



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The "r" is considered the last to be spoken by the child. It is also considered the most difficult.

On average, it appears up to 5 years old. However, some sources say it can take up to 6-7 years.

When should you go to a speech therapist? How not to contribute to the child's problems with pronouncing a "difficult" sound?

Before the child says "r"

Initially, the phone "r" is pronounced as "j", then as "l" so that it finally adopts the correct "r". Some children leave the phone or replace it with a completely different "ł" before they learn to pronounce "r".

What's the problem?

Most often, the problem with pronouncing the "r" sound is associated with insufficient mobility of the language. Therefore, children who have a problem with this voice should exercise performing vibrating movements of the tongue. The trouble may also lie in malocclusion or have a source in hearing problems.

Unfortunately, problems with the articulation of sounds can also be due to external factors:

  • talking to the child incorrectly, so-called caressing,
  • excessive, high expectations of parents,
  • unpleasant atmosphere at home, making fun of a child, paying attention to him, etc.

When to start exercising?

If the child does not pronounce the voice "r" when he is 5 years old, he should visit a speech therapist with him. Usually, development attempts will only start when the child is 5 years old.

However, the parent's role does not start in preschool, but much faster. The child's speech development should be closely monitored and act as quickly as possible. If the baby does not babble, and the toddler in the second year of life does not try to speak, then this is reason enough to see a specialist. In addition, you must remember to speak to your child normally, not spoiling the speech, not imitating the toddler. It is also important to be able to listen to him and encourage him to speak, and to reward any success in this regard.

How do you practice to call "r"?