What can I do if my child cannot pronounce words correctly?
Misarticulation is a transitional stage in language development. Usually, children can have clear speech like an adult by 5 to 6 years of age. Shaming, making fun of and deliberately correcting your child’s misarticulation will only discourage her to talk. Try to understand what she wants to say and find chances to say the words correctly to her. Don’t urge her to repeat after you, as it will only destroy the fun and turn talking into a task. If you have difficulty in understanding her speech by age four, do seek medical or a speech therapist’s advice.