February 02, 2002
Common Lisp The Speech Impediment

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Posted by jjwiseman at February 02, 2002 01:12 AM

how do i get rid of my lisp?

Posted by: Nathan on January 22, 2006 09:49 PM

i recently had a flu viral infection. lasted 5 days. after which i found that i had aqquired a lisp in my speech. i just had extensive medical studies done; cat scan, MRI, x-rays,neck ultra sound. a speech pathologist found no organic causes. i converse verbally for my living, and i am most distressed about this problem. anyone heard of this happening so suddenly before?

Posted by: dom sage on February 2, 2006 06:50 AM

I have a lisp that I've had since I was a kid. It only became a problem when I took a carrer in acting. I have worked on it and it has vastly improved but I've got to a stage where I feel that I cannot improve it anymore. People have said it has almost gone, but when I get a phone call from a last casting saying that they would of offered me a major role if it weren't for the lisp I have to think it all out again. It is mainly dominate when I am singing for musical auditions some reason? Does anyone have suggestions how I can improve this so that it's hopefully no longer there for my acting work. Just to let you know that I cut the cord under my tongue to free it more to point for articulation. A singing teacher feels maybe my tongue is too wide?

Any help would be beneficial!

Posted by: Aykut on April 13, 2006 10:07 AM

I hate my lisp... Especially with the "S" in the middle of my name, it makes it difficult to say without a pause. And talking on the phone--- forget about it! I heard you can cut the tip of your rongue off to get rid of it... Actually, that's how I came upon this.. I was looking up to procedure on ask.com. Good luck!

Posted by: Crystal on May 27, 2006 07:13 AM

I have had a lisp since I was very young. I've gone to many different classes and doctors to try to get rid of it, but nothing seems to work. Are there some lisps that just never go away, or is mine just different, or am I just not trying hard enough? Please any help or comments would be greatly liked.

Posted by: Rebecca on August 22, 2006 05:32 PM

i was wondering if you could help me so i won't have a lisp any more. i get really embarrassed when i have to read aloud or do speeches in front of class. im 16 almost 17. and my with my lisp, i have one when i say something with a S or Z in the front or end of the word. PLEASE HELP ME AND WRITE BACK!!! I get made fun of all the time because of my lisp and i tend to be quiet and hold back on dicussions because i don't want anyone to find out about my lisp. and if igot rid of my lisp i would not be so stressed out about reading and talking to people! so please please help me!!!

Posted by: kyle on September 17, 2006 01:03 AM

I am so sad. I have a lisp and it makes me feel in adequate.

Posted by: Bill Myers on October 14, 2006 07:27 AM

I'm 15 and i've had a lisp since i could talk and i hate it becuase people make fun of the way i talk and it makes me sad and mad at the same time but i don;t know what to do about it can someone help me out i would be really grateful if someone did thanks bye.

Posted by: Dakota Walker on October 21, 2006 03:42 PM

A certified Speech-Language Pathologist can evaluate and treat a lisp. Contact hopitals, rehabilitation clinics or any school to contact one.

Posted by: on October 23, 2006 08:30 AM

hey i'm ashley and i have had a lisp all my life,and i hate it!I hate it cause when ever someone gets mad at me that's the first thing thay make fun of me about.And i want to know how to getrid of it.

Posted by: ashley on October 24, 2006 07:21 PM

ive had a lisp since i was very young im tired of being mocked my name is ashley i have to find a way to get trough life in this world to survive how can i get rid of the lisp please help it hurts

Posted by: ashley giroux on November 6, 2006 12:19 PM

i have a a studdering problem i am mocked by everyone knowing im a native i get mocked by white people all kinds of races i think ill commit suicide but then i think not i dont know wat to do i didnt think it would ever be a big problem but its eaten me alive please help help

Posted by: travis gallagher on November 14, 2006 12:05 PM

i have a lisp problem.... i also tend to studder. i am from sucker creek andi need help. I also get made fun of and sometimes at night i cry and hold my barney blanket close to my heart.

Posted by: alex willier on November 14, 2006 12:07 PM

I had braces on my teeth for 2 and a half years and after it i had to have a retainer. I kept it on for about 2 years and I had to take it out when i got my misdome teeth out and that is when i found out it was as bad as it was. I believe one of the main reasons people might have a lisp with because of the shape and strucher of there teeth. I am a musician and I love to sing but sometimes the Lisp gets in my way and gets me very angry. I have no idea but i think doing toung twisters might help? Try Red leather, Yellow Leather. and just through out the day say that and try and go faster and maybe it will help.

Posted by: Austin on November 30, 2006 08:21 PM

Hi, my name is Arielle. I am 13 years old. I am a singer and with this lisp i have i cant sing, and if i do it sounds really bad. Ive looked for help everywhere!
so if anyone can help me for free please email me......

Posted by: Arielle on January 3, 2007 02:19 PM

im 13 years old ,i have this speech inpediment lisp thing, and whenever i try to pronounce a th sound i say V, for example i say "brover" instead of "brother". i use to have lots of friends, untill they noticed something about the way i talk. i still have a few friends that dont care, but now i have to deal with poeple making fun of me calling me retard and shit, i cant take it anymore, i almost commited suicide, is there anyway to make it go away?

Posted by: some guy on January 6, 2007 04:35 PM

I have had a lisp since I can remember.
I took speech lesson all the way up to
Middle School and it seems everybody
in my speech class fixed their lisp but now
5 years later I am in 10th grade and
still have one. It really lowers my confedence and I can't be myself around people. I always think about what I am going to
say and if it has a "S" or "R" in it I try to
change the word. Or just avoid the situtation.
This keeps me from alot of things. I hate having to read in class and when writing a paper I try to avoid useing words with a "s" in them which is nearly impossible. Is there anything that can help me get rid of this burden? It's honestly something I think about EVERYDAY.I just want it GONE!

Posted by: Heather on January 16, 2007 07:27 PM

I like lisps, I myself don't have one, but my friend and my step dad has one, i think there adorable :-] im 16 going on 17. I could imagine that it could be embarrassing though if i had one.

Posted by: alexsis on January 20, 2007 04:33 PM

I've had a lisp for as long as I can remember but I never really noticed it till last year when people started joking on me about it. I dont know where a speech therapist is around me so I dont have anyone who can help me with it. I'm in my first year of high school. I dont need to have a lisp right now!theres all ready too much on my plate. How do I get rid of it?!?!?!!

Posted by: Brittany on January 30, 2007 11:34 AM

well im 13 now and iv had a lisp since i was little i don't know if i was born with it or not but i was wondering if there were ways to get rid of it, i have trouble with s, and so iv been told c as well wich i never new. i never knew i had a lisp intil people started pointing it out and asking me to say words with lots of s's in. im usualy ok with it but theres the od person that comments about it now and again wich doesn't really bother me its just im tired of having a lisp i just wondered if there was something i could do, just so i could feel like i was that same as everyone else insted of feeling like im a bit of a offcast, like theres somthing rong with me

Posted by: bob(fakename) on February 25, 2007 11:31 AM

I am 13 and I have a bad lisp. People make fun of me all the time. I used to go to speech class but it did not help. If anybody knows a way to get rid of it please contact me at...


I really need some help!!

Posted by: Emily on February 28, 2007 04:17 PM

Hi im 13 and i too also have a lisp. im in all advanced classes and the most horrifying thing about that is that you always have to read out loud, and not to mention that everyone, even your teachers, thinks your a retard and got placed in their class by mistake.i hate talking and everyday i get made fun of and ridiculed by people. i only have 2 friends and the whole school only knows me as "lisp girl" i never knew i had one until some one pointed it out. ive been trying to ask this speech lady that helps all the retards at my school for help but im too embaresed pleese help me. if you have any ideas at all please i beg you email me at


Posted by: Sarah on March 16, 2007 11:25 AM

Hi im 13 and i too also have a lisp. im in all advanced classes and the most horrifying thing about that is that you always have to read out loud, and not to mention that everyone, even your teachers, thinks your a retard and got placed in their class by mistake.i hate talking and everyday i get made fun of and ridiculed by people. i only have 2 friends and the whole school only knows me as "lisp girl" i never knew i had one until some one pointed it out. ive been trying to ask this speech lady that helps all the retards at my school for help but im too embaresed pleese help me. if you have any ideas at all please i beg you email me at


Posted by: Sarah on March 16, 2007 11:26 AM

i have one i get skitted how can i get rid of it ???? pleas help me !!!!

Posted by: charlene on May 9, 2007 01:20 AM

I have had a lisp since i can remember and i hate it. Yeah, its cute when you're a baby, but not a 14 year old. It's hard because around this age everyone meets new people alot, in different situations. And when you can't even get people to understand your name it's very upsetting.

I've been places to help, but they dont. Anything i can do. Please? people dont understand how hard it is.

Posted by: ????? on May 13, 2007 12:23 PM

i too have a lisp, it used to bother me a lot, but not anymore, even though ppl mention it occasionally and i get sad. i have friends who really don't care but i try to avoid the s sounds and c and x and z but it's hard to talk to guys because it makes you so self conscious. please help.

Posted by: Hope on May 18, 2007 08:46 AM

I have had a lisp forever. When do we get answers, how do we end the lisp madness.

Posted by: Michael on May 26, 2007 11:45 PM

I have a very very minor lisp. People don't even notice it. I just know because my aunt is a speech therepist. I practice in front of the mirror, keeping my tongue near the top of my mouth.

Posted by: Andrea on June 17, 2007 05:32 PM

I think I have a slight lisp because when ever I say something that has the letter s i use one of my teeth for the sound and too much air goes therough the small hole and it is like a whistle sound that sounds like th. I get teased about it too, i have had people come up to me and say "Say silly sally" just to hear me lisp and then they say "oh thats cute"./ It is really annoying. I am in year 9 and i have only just become aware of it. IF there is anything i can do aobut it any help would be greatly appreciated. bomber@ncable.net.au

Posted by: Jordan on July 7, 2007 05:02 AM

Well im 17 now and I have studdered for as long as i could talk. My mother couldnt understand a single word i was saying, so she had to ask my two older brothers what i just said. I get made of frequently. I have taken Speech Classes from 1st grade to 6th. I guess from what other people have told me it has gotten better.

Posted by: on July 18, 2007 08:06 AM

i just got a retainer and now i have a lisp, i'm going back to school now and i was wondering how to get rid of it

Posted by: Livvi on August 3, 2007 07:29 AM

hey i've had a lisp since i could talk and it used to be really bad but then i started speech therepy and it helped a lot. before i couldn't say r but now i can with no problem! i stopped a couple years ago but i found that if i practice saying words with s in them then gradually my lisp gets less noticable. just keep practing or get help....it works!

Posted by: abby on August 8, 2007 12:03 PM

I have a lisp, and it didnt bother me until i got older, i sound like a baby! Im starting to talk better now, i watch people's mouths when they speak, i can now say many l words. My singing teacher said i have a strong singing voice for my age, but once i recorded myself, and i can hear me saying some words wrong, it gets me so down and mad, i cry at night sometimes. Once i got laughed at by the whole class because of my teacher who made me say words i cant say in front of the whole class, when i was younger it didnt bother me, i would shout out in class and everything, i was really quite popular, but now i just try not to talk to anyone... I want to be a singer, is there any operations you can have to get rid of it??!! Please help me, i hate it so much... Please... Help Me :(

P.S Did you know Jessica Alba has a lisp?! And she sounds fine!... :(

Posted by: Jess on August 13, 2007 07:02 AM

i have had this lisp forever since i can remember and it really makes my confidence go down when i am talking to people. is there anyway that i can work on getting rid of this.

Posted by: brandon on August 27, 2007 12:05 PM

I would love to be able to fix my lisp... Without a therapist too, for the most part. I don't really let it prevent me from speaking in class or anything but it does bug me. It makes me feel inadequate and I hate that I feel that way because of something so seemingly simple. It doesn't help that my name begins with an 'S' either...

Posted by: Sarah on August 30, 2007 05:10 PM

iv had one all my life n its just the way i talk so im not that bothered any more!! im now 15 n would like to get rid of it cuz it prevents me from talking 2 lads!

Posted by: Gemma on September 6, 2007 01:51 PM

I know what ya mean, i want to talk to boys, i feel so down when i see all these cool girls on tv and at school talking to the lads, it puts me so down.. i also luv the movie high school musical and high school musical 2, but i always feel so sad afterwards because they can sing and act which is what i want to do.. but i cant bc of my lisp.. it wrecks my life :( I just want to be.. normal :( I cant understand why we actully have them anyway.. :(

Posted by: Jess on September 8, 2007 10:23 AM

i dont know why you all hate it. i actualy find my lisp kinda funny. sure, people point it out (all the time) but a lot of my friends who are girls think its cute =D. its weird, i dont have much of a problem with Z sounds, but i have problems with X, C, and on some occasions F, hehe. and i was born with it. i did have the unfortunate encounter of the band uniform lady, who pointed it out and told me to talk with my teeth shut to fix it. i was about to clock her one, but that would have been bad, and i would have been suspended, and kicked out of orchestra to boot. but, on a good note, when i was in middle school like two years ago the chorus teacher actually asked me to join, hehe, it made be feel really good.
im darn proud i have a lisp! and you all should be too!

Posted by: "Moe" on October 2, 2007 08:20 PM

hi, i have had a lisp as long as i remember
i feel depressed all the time because of it as i can't communicate to people as freely as i like and feel lonely because of it.
introducing myself and talking to people is so frustrating because i have an 's' in the middle of my name and people don't understand me properly so i have to repeat over and over.
i am almost 15 and this lisp is holding me back from everything. help please

Posted by: Help (fakename) on November 11, 2007 03:09 PM

Im a male turning 20, i have a lisp and even a stutter and even when i speak fine i seem to mumble really fast that no one knows what ive even said.

its the worst thing growing up with kids pointing fun at the way i talk. i went to a speech therapist for a short few weeks and ended up with much help to reduce my lisp. but even now i cant still ask a mate for some 'crisps' without sounding funny.

im sick of hearing everyone with lisps speaking as though their lives are ruined. its just confidence, all my work mates and uni friends are all fine with it as im sure that people with lisps are still normal.

even with a lisp and a rare stutter i still manage to live a normal life where i have a job, go uni, and have a girlfriend.

Posted by: kevin on November 15, 2007 06:38 AM

I'm 13 and ive had lisp all my life.
it's horrible whenever you try to say words with an 'S' in it.


Posted by: Ryan Clarke on November 20, 2007 07:56 AM

hi im amanda and i have a lisp. i never knew i had one until people started to point it out and make fun of me. i really dont think its that bad but i need help well im 13 in the 8th grade and i dont wanna live my life like that. well can you help me if so contact me at my email. thanks.

Posted by: amanda on December 6, 2007 05:39 PM

U have a lisp also and I am 18 years old...i do not have the lisp where it is hard to say S or R, but the lisp where the tongue hits the front two teeth and it makes my mouth look funny when i speak..I am very intelligent and i speak english very well...i pronounce my words very clearly,but the thing is people can tell I have a lisp once they look at the way my mouth moves and I have a very baby voice...I have had this since i was younger and I don't know if there is a possible way for me to make my mouth move in a certain way.

Posted by: Candice on December 8, 2007 12:38 PM

im 18 and i have had a lisp for as long as i can remember. people notice it all the time and i hate it. i cant say words such as huge,his, i even changed my name from cassandra to melody just so i dont have to go through the pain of making people understand my name,
having this lisp makes me depressed. but reading all your comments makes me feel better,becaus up untill i found this forrum i thought i was the only person with a lisp, but knowing so many people go through what i go through makes me feel stronger. take care all. xxxx

Posted by: melody on December 14, 2007 04:32 AM

ive had lisp since i was 5. i really hate it, everyone makes fun of me! it makes me so depressed :(

Posted by: Nicole on December 17, 2007 05:55 PM

hi i used to take speech therapy when i was in kindergardensomehow now i am getting teased for having a lisp. apparently i cannot say the s sound but i dont understand why because it sounds fine to me, but then it made me think it cant just be a coincidence that so many people are teasing me about it what can i do to fix it?

Posted by: hanna on December 21, 2007 09:02 AM

Yea i have a bit of a lisp its gotten better after i had some jaw surgery, but its still there, it sucks because i love singing to and it holds me back a little because my voice wont pronounce some things right

Posted by: Skip on January 5, 2008 09:40 PM

i'm 26 years old and have been to many therapist and spent thousands on therapy that haven't changed a thing....it may be because i didn't start until i was in college but i did it all through college...when i was younger i went to a couple of therapist for a while but it got too expensive for my parents...i understand that they couldn't affort it privately but they have no idea what it did to me...i didn't talk to people for a very long time...before i started refusing to read outloud in school, i dreaded it..it became my nightmare...
as a kid, i was often called retarded even though i was in advance classes and have a high IQ, that doesn't matter...america is a place where looks and perception are very important...seek help asap..don't wait...it will ruin your life.... there are people out there who don't care and i'm grateful for my friends but i know that i will continue to lead a very lonely life....the only advice i can give you is to be pretty as a compensation and get help at any cost....

Posted by: theresa on January 6, 2008 10:21 PM

hey, im 15 and i got braces in January 2007 along with 4 teethe removed. I am unsure as to wether or not i had oe before this but i ave become really self concious about the way i speak, it is not really a bad lsip i dont think, but it is more that there is air escapin through a tin gap in my teethe and it makes a really loud thhhhhh soud.
PLease help.

Posted by: kali on January 9, 2008 01:14 AM

I have a really bad lisssssp !! please help me

Posted by: Luke Ryan on January 26, 2008 10:32 AM

i have had a lisp for like ever and i really want it to go away because i love to act but i feel like i can't do verry well

Posted by: Krris on January 28, 2008 02:51 PM

I used to have a lisp,along with many other speech impedments. I couldn't say ANYTHING. Do you have any idea what it's like to listen to this every day:

"Hey Meags, how's it going? Wait! Don't ansther (that's supposed to be how I say "answer"), you can't even talk. Maybe you should just do usth ("us") all a favor and die?"

Yes, that's right, people actually threatened to kill me. But then I met this really wonderful speech therapist who helped me get rid of my speech problems, and after a year, my voice was unbelievably better.

Well, now I have braces, and I just had a couple teeth pulled out to make room for my teeth to straighten. Well, guess what? My lisp is BACK. Is there anyone out there with braces can help me? I just got my teeth pulled yesterday, so maybe this is just a temporary thing?

Posted by: Meaghan on February 5, 2008 04:39 AM

hi im jeff and im 15. i used to be fine at speaking, but this year im developing a lisp. and i would like it fixed without having to go to a speech therapist.pleaaaase help before it gets too bad

Posted by: jeff on February 11, 2008 05:31 PM

i have just been told i have a lisp...it upsets me....i am feeling very depressed about it .....

is there anything i can do ??

Posted by: anonymous on February 25, 2008 02:49 AM

i have had a speech inpedement for a while now for instance when ever i say the name seth it sounds like sess or when i say birthday it sounds like birsday im starting hign school next year and i really want it to go away please help!

Posted by: shelby on March 2, 2008 05:12 AM

I have a lisp and really like having one. It sounds cool!

Posted by: on March 15, 2008 07:01 PM

I have a lisp. and its defintely brought down my self esteeem. im far to shy to talk to my guidance counsellor about it, even my parents! i dont have the money to go see a speech therapist. so is there any other way? i want to talk normal. i hate having a lisp. im actually starting to tear up as i type this. I NEED HELP, PLEASE SOME ONE HELP?
is there any exercises i can do on my own, to improve, or even remove(i hope) my lisp?

Posted by: embarassed on March 22, 2008 04:12 PM

my lisp is big pimpin', my friends make me say words like cinnimon, cincinnati, and sunglasses (i just found out i lisp it up on that one today) also abstinence is a good lisp word

Posted by: tony on April 3, 2008 10:15 AM

I had a lisp for a long time now and i'm really tired of it.everyone makes fun of me and i try to avoid using the letter "s".i really want it gone and i'll be so much happier.everone always laughs at the way i talk and its hard to deal with.i would love for some help please.

Posted by: on April 10, 2008 12:49 PM

don't worry about it..guys! i was, for a while, scared about my lisp being a turn-off to guys. I lost my self esteem and my bubbles, but regained myself soon after. i asked a friend, and that person said,
"it's your personality. without that lisp, u wouldn't be you." that really touched my heart. If u want to go pay all that money to get it fixed, fine. But u will always have it as part of u.!

Posted by: loney on April 15, 2008 06:10 PM

I am twenty six years old, and I have had a speech defect (lisp) all my life. It takes lots of practice in the mirror, but if you smile while pronouncing s's, your speech impediment will be less or hardly noticiable. I hope that this helps!

Posted by: Carmen on April 25, 2008 06:02 PM
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