When children learn to talk, they often make language mistakes. Some
common mistakes include:
Logical missteps. Children often make logical
missteps when they follow the English language rules they have learned, such as
saying "mouses" instead of "mice" or "goed" instead of "went."
Mispronouncing words. Many children between the ages
of 1 and 3 years mispronounce words. For example, they may say "aminal" for
"animal" or "hostibal" for "hospital."
Using incorrect letter sounds. For example, children
between the ages of 2 and 3 years often say the sound for the letter "r" as a
"w" (they say "wabbit" instead of "rabbit"), and the letter "d" for "t" (they
say "dat" instead of "that"). They also may use the sound for the letter "t"
for any other sound they have trouble with.
Having difficulty saying certain letter sounds. When
children begin to talk, they often have problems saying the sounds for certain
letters. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years may have problems saying
the letters "m," "p," "b," "w," and "h." Even some 6- and 7-year-olds have
problems saying the sounds for the letters "sh," "l," "th," and "r."
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics