Toddler Language ‘Problems?’

the letter S
S, Where Are You?

Today, we all spent the day at our good friends’ house. They have a 3 1/2-year-old with whom Shnook likes to play. Their little boy, W, is super-cute, well-behaved, and a TERRIFIC swimmer. He can dive to the bottom of the pool and pick up a toy. He looooves to be under water.  I can’t wait until Shnook can swim that well.

Anyway, this awesome, little dude speaks really well, but he makes one hilarious language (or speech?) error consistently. For some reason, he can’t (won’t?) say the letter ‘S’ when it’s at the beginning of a word. He always replaces it with the letter ‘H.’ For example, today he went HIMMING, and afterwards he had HOUP for lunch. When Shnook was having a tantrum, he came up to him and told him, firmly, to “HOP CRYING!” Later, he wanted to tell Fuzz a HORY.

You get the picture?

He has no problems with S’s at the end of words, or in the middle of words, just at the beginning.  I tried to look up this phenomenon on the web to see if it’s a thing, but I could only find some other common language mistakes like mixing up ‘R’ and ‘W’ or   Shnook still says we got Fuzz at the “hostibal,” and loves to play “aminal” bingo.

I’m wondering if anyone has ever heard of this happening before? As far as I know, most toddler speech issues resolve themselves over time, so no one is worried that this will be an issue for life. But just to be sure, maybe I’ll ask our friend HUSAN, the Heech therapist.

Photo credit: Flickr/Aunt Owee

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