The doll suffers from a speech impediment; she rolls her “r”s. If she were to say to you, “the rabbit ran over the hill”, she would sound like, the wabbit wan ova the hill”. This little problem also contributes to her poor reading. If she had it her way, she would never pronounce anything. Unfortunately for her, reading only gets harder from here.
She has been seeing a speech therapist at school, since the beginning of the school year. Though she has made some progress, she gets upset when we correct her. “Who cares!!” she”ll yell. Well, we do. During one parent-teacher conference, the therapist suggested we look into having her tongue clipped, in an effort to lift that tongue to the right position in the mouth to make pronounciation easier.
While walking home from school the other day, a car on the road slowed down to a stop. I thought someone was going to ask for directions, as I watched the window roll down. Instead, the doll’s speech therapist stuck her head out the window and yelled, “Great job “Doll”. Did you tell your Mom what a great improvement you’ve made with your speech? Mom, she is awe imspiring with how much she has improved, in the last month alone!”
Smiling, I looked at the doll as I kinda pushed her shoulder with my left hand and said, “You’re doing better huh? Way to go Doll, Way to go!”. Laughing she swiped at me with her right hand and said, “Yeah Mom, she said I was getting better, and you know what else?” “What?” I said “I told her what Dr. Black said. That I didn’t need to get my tongue clipped. That I was just lazy with my “awes (r’s), that my tongue was long enough and all I needed to do was keep pwacticing!!” Oh boy, was the attitude flying when she said that! “What Mom? That’s what the doctor said, I just told her what the doctor said!” Smiling back at her I agreed. “Okay doll, as long as you keep practicing and not complaining….” I said as we continued to walk home.