Children may say some sounds the wrong way as they learn to talk. They learn some sounds earlier, like p, m, or w. Other sounds take longer to learn, like z, v, or th. Most children can say almost all speech sounds correctly by 4 years old. A child who does not say sounds by the expected ages may have a speech sound disorder. You may hear the terms "articulation disorder" and "phonological disorder" to describe speech sound disorders like this. (asha.org).
If children experience articulation issues in school, it becomes very difficult for them to do well in any subject. They often become too shy or frustrated to tell teachers what they are thinking or why they are struggling, leading to poor classroom performance. Articulation therapy can help students not only speak more clearly, but speak with confidence and become better students.
If your child in the Wintergarden, FL area is having problems pronouncing words, it probably isn't a 'phase'. Schedule an appointment with us today so we can help.