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My 7 year old daughter suddenly started adding an "L" sound to the end of words that end in W. She says "drawling" instead of "drawing", for example. 

 

She has a history of ear infections and tubes, but her hearing checked out OK several times, as recently as a year ago (after she complained she couldn't hear at school). 

 

There is a radio show I listen to, and one of the hosts adds an L sound to words ending in W, just like my daughter. I suspect it could be one of those regional things...like how some people say "warsh" instead of "wash" or "ruff instead of "roof". I think he is from Baltimore. Has anyone heard of this before? I thought maybe she picked up the habit from a teacher from that region or something. 

 

I have been making her aware of this habit, and practicing the correct pronunciation with her but she still does it. How long would you let this go for? I thought it was too long (six months), so I spoke to her pediatrician and she referred me to a speech pathologist. My insurance won't cover an exam and it's pretty costly. Should I pursue it anyhow? 

 

On a side note, my daughter has a few other mystery health problems, so I have to wonder if the sudden speech issue could be a piece of a bigger picture. 

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My niece does this.  I think that extra l can be a speech thing for some kids, or an accent thing (like warsh) depending on where you live.  I notice many little kids say "drawling" (and a few others, but I can't think of any right now), although it's not part of our regional accent (adults don't say it, kids outgrow it).

 

It's possible she's picked it up from someone new she's spending time with.  In kindergarten, my daughter "suddenly" lost her r's.  Finally she said her teacher took her aside and asked her not to speak that way because it might hurt Madison's feelings.  Madison, as it turns out, sat next to her in class and my daughter was VERY charmed by her and wanted to be like her, hence the r to w transformation.

 

Can she correct it when you remind her?  Also, she can probably get a speech eval through school if you request it (and if she is in public school).

 

Good luck.  My daughter has had her fair share of weird habits and unusual medical issues.  It's stressful!  I always think every little thing is going to turn out to be something big (and the one time I was sure it was nothing, it was something).

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If she's never had speech issues in the past it might just be imitating the speech of a friend or teacher. One of my daughters tends to pick up accents and inflections from people without realizing it if she spends any length of time with them.
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If she's never had speech issues in the past it might just be imitating the speech of a friend or teacher. One of my daughters tends to pick up accents and inflections from people without realizing it if she spends any length of time with them.

She actually did have some minor speech delays. She had speech therapy for 6 months when she was 2. Her older brother's speech delays were worse and he was in speech therapy until he was 7.

 

She also had a habit of adding sounds to the ends of words until she was about three, but never with the L and W.

 

Interestingly, L was the last sound she was able to pronounce correctly....but according to speech charts, the L is usually one of the last sounds to come in, and she was on track. 

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