Deborah M. Lott discusses repeated articulation errors in children. This can be very frustrating, but should you stop your child to make corrections? Will that help to improve his speech, or will it just frustrate him?
Mastery of speech sounds follows an order of progression. First the child learns to imitate the sound by itself. Then he learns to produce it in single words. At this point, it still takes some focus and concentration to produce it correctly. In conversation, however, the child is thinking about his ideas and has little awareness of what his mouth is doing to produce his sounds and words as he speaks. For sounds to be produced correctly in connected speech, the habits of correct tongue placement have to be automatic.
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Should I Correct My Child’s Speech Errors?