Articulation Difficulties

Speech sound delay, also referred to as an articulation delay, is when a child is behind in the development of his or her speech sounds. It may be just one sound, or could be many sounds. Typically, the more sounds in error, the more unclear (unintelligible) a child will be. 

While all children make errors in the way they pronounce particular sounds (for example: saying “boo” for “blue or “wed” for “red”), by a certain age they typically begin to notice the differences between their speech and others, and begin to naturally correct their sounds. However, some children do not tend to pick up on these differences and continue to make errors beyond an age that is considered developmental in nature. These children often benefit from receiving speech therapy which helps them develop awareness of their sound errors, and teaches them how to make the sounds correctly through a variety of shaping and cueing techniques. 

Related therapies to treat this condition:

Articulation Therapy

Articulation therapy is a form of intervention that focuses on the accurate production of speech sounds to improve speech clarity.

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Communication Intermediary Services

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Oral Placement Therapy

OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy used to target specific movements needed for speech clarity and feeding. 

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Oral Rest Posture Program

From a speech (articulation) perspective, one’s oral rest posture is the starting place for all speech sounds. 

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PROMPT is a technique used to assist with the planning and sequencing of speech sounds in words. 

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The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP)

K-SLP is an evidenced-based assessment and treatment approach for children with apraxia, speech sound disorders, and expressive language challenges. 

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