One of the hardest, last to really try letters for Shea is L. He will place the letter "Y" or some other letter in its place in a word.
"Yeyo" for yellow
"Mowee" for Molly
"I yuv you" for I love you
You get the idea.
Bubble says that L is a difficult articulation for kids, all kids in fact. But especially for Shea.
Say it to yourself. L, L, L, L. Feel your tongue tip rest gently on your upper teeth? That is the sort of sophisticated and nuanced tongue movements that Shea really stumbles on.
The good news is that he approximates the "L" sound with another letter sound now. He used to not even try. That was the apex of fright and frustration for me. When your kid won't even try.
It may be a while before we will ever get it.
This morning, I called up the stairs, "Shea?"
"Yeah?" he yelled back.
"Honey, come on down for some cocoa."
"Ok, I coming."
I stopped, surprised and pleased and said to Jake and Molly. "That sounds like a kid who can talk."
He will get there...eventually.