The boy is almost finished with speech therapy, although he still has some language therapy ahead of him. He’s worked hard over the past four years and he’s made incredible progress. The only speech issue that remains is a tendency to gloss over certain consonant combinations. “Lift” becomes “lit”, for example. This is not uncommon in young children. Another issue is the tendency to confuse some less-commonly heard words with better-known words – such as saying “holy” instead of “holly”. Again, this is not an unusual speech pattern for a child his age.
So if these speech issues are not so uncommon in a child Tonka’s age, and Tonka is precisely the age at which children are interested in the movie CARS 2 – why, WHY did Disney name a character in the movie “Holly Shiftwell”? Three times this morning I’ve heard the words “Holy shit” dropping from my five year old’s lips.