Speech Sound Production
Intervention for Speech sound production (also known as articulation) can help individuals of all ages be understood by others. Our Speech Language Pathologists provide assessments to determine which sounds require intervention and create a plan tailored to the needs of the client. Treatment focuses on eliminating the errors and providing the client and their caregivers with strategies to utilize between sessions for their skills to generalize outside the therapy setting.
When is it considered a speech sound disorder?
Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns).
Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound (e.g., "wabbit" for "rabbit") or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana." The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
A phonological process disorder involves patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like "k" and "g" for those in the front of the mouth like "t" and "d" (e.g., saying "tup" for "cup" or "das" for "gas").