Monday, October 4, 2010

The Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Speak Good

Children all grow & develop at varying speeds, different parts of them are sometimes ahead or behind the game.

A childs speech development is one of the most a fascinating aspects of growing up. When you have a cross section like I do there is plenty of speak fail going on.

Here Are some of my Favourites (Say out Loud):

Boh-tah-mike - Motorbike
Edashient – Excellent
Fee – Three
Duddy - Study
Doppt - Stopped
Duffed – Stuffed
Cheddar Fwanet – Treasure Planet
Thinga – Finger
Shotashed - Sausages
Fwin-tet - Princess
Da Flootah – Computer
Fwimming – Swimming
Yoh-weez – Lollies
OppaPrime – Optimus Prime
Schit – Sit
Magic Schit – Magic Trick

My favourite is L our 6 yo & eldest daughter who for the longest time could not pronounce the letter “L”. Instead she replaced every “Luh” sound with a “Yuh’ sound. This was plainly and simply because her tongue was too large for to her mouth. This overdeveloped tongue made some sentences & some words a real tangle. For example:

"Like Luke likes lakes.
Luke's duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luke's duck licks lakes"
~ Dr. Seuss

Loosely translated by Miss L to:
"Yike Yuke yikes Yakes.
Yuke's duck yikes yakes.
Yuke Yuck yicks yakes.
Yuke's duck yicks yakes"

A certain extended family member used to harp on about it and through a failed attempt at parrot learning would get L to say “Luh luh LAKE” to which she would reply “Yuh, yuh, YAKE” or my favourite “Luh luh YAKE”

T our second eldest in his younger years often replaced the word “the” with “le” it was very French. Our 2 year old P also does this now, its not because they cannot say “the” its because their little mouths often run faster than their brains and random syllables here and there are dropped off or replaced with worlds that role off the tongue

Speech development can be slower for some children and faster for others. In some cases they may never grow out of miss pronouncing a word. For example I have always spoken with a lisp, purely because I pronounce the sound “Ssss” with my tounge between my top and bottom teeth as opposed to behind them. This was hell for me when I had my tongue piecred as it over exaggerated my lisp making saying words like “electronics” impossible to speak correctly.

When a child has difficulty with their speech its important that you do not focus on the negative or even worse make them feel ashamed of their speech issues. Embracing it and appreciating that letting them develop at their own time is best. Allowing them to exercise their pronunciation indirectly via excellent books like the fantastic “Fox In Sox” by Dr Seuss is a great way of doing this. I read the book in random comical accents and get the children to repeat lines with me.

The only downside is a sore jaw afterwards.

Until next time……………..

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss


Knox in box.
Fox in socks.

Knox on fox in socks in box.

Socks on Knox and Knox in box.

Fox in socks on box on Knox.

Chicks with bricks come.
Chicks with blocks come.
Chicks with bricks and blocks and clocks come.

Look, sir. Look, sir. Mr. Knox, sir.
Let's do tricks with bricks and blocks, sir.
Let's do tricks with chicks and clocks, sir.

First, I'll make a quick trick brick stack.
Then I'll make a quick trick block stack.

You can make a quick trick chick stack.
You can make a quick trick clock stack.

And here's a new trick, Mr. Knox....
Socks on chicks and chicks on fox.
Fox on clocks on bricks and blocks.
Bricks and blocks on Knox on box.

Now we come to ticks and tocks, sir.
Try to say this Mr. Knox, sir....

Clocks on fox tick.
Clocks on Knox tock.
Six sick bricks tick.
Six sick chicks tock.

Please, sir. I don't like this trick, sir.
My tongue isn't quick or slick, sir.
I get all those ticks and clocks, sir,
mixed up with the chicks and tocks, sir.
I can't do it, Mr. Fox, sir.

I'm so sorry, Mr. Knox, sir.

Here's an easy game to play.
Here's an easy thing to say....

New socks.
Two socks.
Whose socks?
Sue's socks.

Who sews whose socks?
Sue sews Sue's socks.

Who sees who sew whose new socks, sir?
You see Sue sew Sue's new socks, sir.

That's not easy, Mr. Fox, sir.

Who comes? ...
Crow comes.
Slow Joe Crow comes.

Who sews crow's clothes?
Sue sews crow's clothes.
Slow Joe Crow sews whose clothes?
Sue's clothes.

Sue sews socks of fox in socks now.

Slow Joe Crow sews Knox in box now.

Sue sews rose on Slow Joe Crow's clothes.
Fox sews hose on Slow Joe Crow's nose.

Hose goes.
Rose grows.
Nose hose goes some.
Crow's rose grows some.

Mr. Fox!
I hate this game, sir.
This game makes my tongue quite lame, sir.

Mr. Knox, sir, what a shame, sir.

We'll find something new to do now.
Here is lots of new blue goo now.
New goo. Blue goo.
Gooey. Gooey.
Blue goo. New goo.
Gluey. Gluey.

Gooey goo for chewy chewing!
That's what that Goo-Goose is doing.
Do you choose to chew goo, too, sir?
If, sir, you, sir, choose to chew, sir,
with the Goo-Goose, chew, sir.
Do, sir.

Mr. Fox, sir,
I won't do it.
I can't say.
I won't chew it.

Very well, sir.
Step this way.
We'll find another game to play.

Bim comes.
Ben comes.
Bim brings Ben broom.
Ben brings Bim broom.

Ben bends Bim's broom.
Bim bends Ben's broom.
Bim's bends.
Ben's bends.
Ben's bent broom breaks.
Bim's bent broom breaks.

Ben's band. Bim's band.
Big bands. Pig bands.

Bim and Ben lead bands with brooms.
Ben's band bangs and Bim's band booms.

Pig band! Boom band!
Big band! Broom band!
My poor mouth can't say that. No, sir.
My poor mouth is much too slow, sir.

Well then... bring your mouth this way.
I'll find it something it can say.

Luke Luck likes lakes.
Luke's duck likes lakes.
Luke Luck licks lakes.
Luck's duck licks lakes.

Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.
Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

I can't blab such blibber blubber!
My tongue isn't make of rubber.

Mr. Knox. Now come now. Come now.
You don't have to be so dumb now....

Try to say this, Mr. Knox, please....

Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze.
That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.

Stop it! Stop it!
That's enough, sir.
I can't say such silly stuff, sir.

Very well, then, Mr. Knox, sir.

Let's have a little talk about tweetle beetles....

What do you know about tweetle beetles? Well...

When tweetle beetles fight,
it's called a tweetle beetle battle.

And when they battle in a puddle,
it's a tweetle beetle puddle battle.

AND when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle,
they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.


When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle
and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle...
...they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.


When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles...
...they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.


Now wait a minute, Mr. Socks Fox!

When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle
with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle,
THIS is what they call...

...a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled
muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

Fox in socks, our game is done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.