So this is one of those posts where I'm totally overthinking something like when I try to think about the process of reading... or how my fingers are moving around a keyboard to make words and then my brain breaks because WHAT?
I've noticed for a while now... like not all the time but sometimes... that my speech has changed.
Not the words I say but like my pattern of speech? My word making? Any SLPs in the house who can give me the term?
Like I sort of have got almost a lisp now with some words? I am SURE I am saying them differently than I used to. Like my jaw/mouth/tongue are moving in different ways and IT IS WEIRD!
When I stop to think about it I figure it has something to do with aging but also probably something to do with my breathing and maybe like as I "got" allergies and that did things to my nose/breathing for real it meant I have adjusted how I physically speak to allow for the breathing changes?
And y'all I am interested in this enough to be like "I should study this!" because maybe it's a thing? And then I start to wonder about all this mask wearing and I KNOW it's affecting my jaw muscles so is it also changing my speech? I WANT TO KNOW.
But like I get that this isn't something that's necessary to think about, but I've noticed it (my "s"es sound... different, have for a few years now I noticed) and it's like... why? Why exactly?
Speech, y'all. It's weird if you think about it too much. (I mean most things are, but yeah)
My mouth shapes are different. I swear.