Just curious to know whether people who have a lisp (speech defect) ever write in the same way as they pronounce the word. For example, they pronounce s as /θ/ and z as /ð/. So, do they ever substitute "th" for "s" in writing, such as spelling the word sick as "thick"?
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No, they don't. Spelling is not entirely related to pronunication.
Just as people without a lisp have to work out the difference between bough, cough, dough and tough, people with a lisp know that the word they pronounce as lithp isn't spelled that way.
However: you are looking at this the wrong way.
A person with a lisp says that word [cruel irony!] /lɪθp/ but what they are actually saying is lisp. The fact that that sounds different to how others pronounce it doesn't change the way it's spelled. One might just as well ask about a word pronounced /treɪt̬ə/ but spelled traitor not trader.
Actually, I used to have a fairly pronounced lisp up until mid teens and I do occasionally "lisp" when typing, particularly when tired or distracted. For instance, I was just using instant messaging and asked a colleague "Is this the thought of thing you're looking for?" (thought=sort). It's particularly interesting that I wrote "thought" (making a valid word, but used in the wrong context) rather than "thort". Note that this isn't due to any spell checker as the message wasn't spell checked. I catch myself "lisp typing" like this rarely - maybe once or twice a year, and I think it has always resulted in a valid word (such as "thought" above) though I can't be sure.