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amaritogob
amaritogob asks:
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My 5yo pronounces K as T and G as D

She will turn 6 on April next year and I am a little worried about her pronouncing this 2 letters. So instead of saying "OKay", she'll say "O-tay" and instead of "God" she'll say "Dod". She doesn't have problems with other letters though and she speaks clearly. But when we teach her that when you say "K" your tongue shouldn't touch your palate,she can't help move her tongue up. Should I be concerned? Should we go and see a speech pathologist?
In Topics: Speech and language issues
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Dec 14, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

At 5 years of age, there are still some sounds such as /r/, /v/ and /th/ that some children may still have difficulty saying correctly; however, the /k/ and /g/ sound should be produced correctly by this time. If your daughter is still having difficulty with these sounds, it is a good idea time to have her evaluated by a speech-language pathologist (aka “Speech Therapist”).  

You could either go to a private Speech Therapist or have her evaluated by the public school system.  School systems are required to provide speech therapy to children 3 years and older who need it at no cost to parents.

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sirenssong
sirenssong writes:
You can get a free assessment from your child's elementary school (the one in your neighborhood.)  Call the office and request an ARD (admission review dismissal) meeting to request a speech assessment. After the assessment you will develop an IEP (which is the plan for intervention) with the school district.  They may also do additional testing to see if she has other issues keeping her from saying the letters correctly. Even if she is not in Kindergarten yet, you have the right to a free assessment.  

If speech is needed it will be provided free of charge to you by a licensed speech pathologist. There is NO down side and she may have other issues that you can address early on. My son had many speech issues and still has language (receptive) problems.  He received speech for free for the last several years and he now has no expressive speech issues.
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Inntheno writes:
Have her screened by the speech pathologist at her school.
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