2 Yr Old With Weird Accent

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bradylove - January 30

ds is 28 mos and I'm just wondering if his speech is developing normally. He still has a lot of trouble pronouncing his "r" and "sh" sounds and he has this kind of Boston accent/twang to his speech (no offense to anyone from Boston!), which is extremely weird because we're from New Brunswick Canada! How have your toddler's speech patterns developed and shouldn't he be speaking more clearly by now??

 

sahmof3 - January 30

When my son was in speech therapy the therapist said that they don't even consider a child behind in speech on the "ch" and "sh" (and a few other sounds) until they are 5-6 years old and 7 years old for the "r", so I think he's well within the norm. My oldest didn't even speak until 3 1/2! But, you'd never know it now... his speech is like the other kids' his age speech. 28 months is still youg enough that I doubt there's a problem, especially if most people can understand him and he has a big vocabulary.

 

bradylove - January 30

Thanks sahmof3, I was hoping you would respond!! He has a pretty extensive vocabulary and most people do understand most of what he is saying so I guess I have nothing to worry about then! I'm always paranoid about these things!

 

sahmof3 - January 30

I totally understand. Since my oldest was such a late talker I have been paranoid about the other two. I mean, he's all caught up now, but it was a hard road.... so it's a relief that the other two seem to be on track!

 

EricaG - January 30

well, my mom said that I had a New Jersey accent when I was little (we're from Michigan) but I outgrew it and talk fine now. I don't think it's anything to worry about, my husbands little brother talked like that too when he was younger.

 

bradylove - January 31

Thanks EricaG...That's funny about the NJ accent! I guess we probably all go through it. I have to tell you it's pretty funny when we watch NBC (we get the network from Boston on satellite) and the local news is on and the reporter talks to a resident...we're like, OMG are you sure he is ours! lol or maybe he's channelling some old dead guy from Boston! lol

 

iemc19 - January 31

My children all start with a very proper English accent - we stay in the north of Scotland and have a very highland accent....They soon sort it out!!

 

mandee25 - January 31

This isn't an answer but I just wanted to say I am from New Brunswick, Canada too! We live near the town with the longest covered bridge in the world.

 

iemc19 - January 31

How long is it??

 

bradylove - January 31

Mandee25 are you in or near Hartland?

 

in the woods - January 31

I do not worry at all at my 24-mo old son's very beginner attempts at speaking. "Cold hands" comes out of him as "cod ands", "oopsie" as "ooptie", "table" as "peetahl" (go figure) and so on. The learning curve is very different for any one child, and I would not worry until a child is 3 years old.

 

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