Presented with the right whistling lisp on the "Merry Christmas" lyrics, it's also a great humorous Christmas song for lighthearted holiday celebrations.
These children may grow up content to keep a lisp, feeling that it is a specific part of what makes them who they are, just as some people keep a gap between their front teeth and see it as distinct characteristic.
Frontal or interdental lisp is produced when the tongue protrudes through the front teeth when teeth are missing and is the most familiar type of lisp.
These children should be seen by a physician to treat the health problems and then referred to a speech-language pathologist to correct the lisp.
Parents can reduce the risk of a lisp developing because of tongue thrusting by restricting pacifier use or choosing to breastfeed their babies.
A lisp is a functional speech disorder that involves the inability to correctly pronounce one or more sibilant consonant sounds, usually s or z.
When a child cannot produce these sounds correctly, the condition is usually not considered a true lisp, but is a functional speech disorder.
Depending on the specifics of the therapy and the nature of the lisp, treatment can be relatively short term, lasting only a few months.
In many families, a child's lisp goes unnoticed, especially if it does not interfere with understanding what the child is saying.
A lisp can be a source of distress for adolescent boys and young men who may be told that they are gay because they lisp.