Is 3 years old too young to start seeing kids for an obvious tongue thrust and do kids ever outgrow a tongue thrust?
Hi, Good to hear from you. Three is generally a bit young in my opinion. I have, however, used some of the exercises for 3 year olds but with a lot of modification and much lowered expectation. Usually, I did those types of exercises in conjunction with other therapy that the child needed. For example, if I had a “phonological child” who also had the thrusting, I would offer beginning myo basic training since it could only help, regardless of how far I got. Just be careful not to ask what can’t reasonably be expected of a 3 year old. Also, I find a huge difference between a child who is barely three and one is just about to turn four. As far as outgrowing a tongue thrust, here’s what I think: after approximately age three, there shouldn’t be a noticeable thrust. There are many who say their child’s or their own thrust/lisp was outgrown, but I can see that it has not done so. They merely learned compensations that fool the inexperienced ear and eyes, but characteristics remain which stand out to me and others. I hope this is helpful. Keep me posted. And, oh, if you are coming here for a course…I am delighted!