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Gliding errors are usually gone by the age of 


Gliding is the phonological process where a child replaces the “r” and “l” sounds with the “y” or “w” sounds.  

In speech therapy, the “r” and “l” are known as liquids while the “w” and “y” are knows as glide sounds.

Examples of gliding include:

  • “weaf” for “leaf”
  • “yeyo” for “yellow”
  • “wabbit” for “rabbit”
  • “wing” for “ring”

It is common for all children to make theses errors; however, if the errors persist after the child turns five, you may want to consult a school / local Speech-Language Pathologist to see if they qualify for services.

Typical age when gliding resolves itself: