Articulation Therapy

People of all ages can experience articulation disorders. Fortunately, improvement is possible at any stage of life. Articulation therapy is a form of intervention that focuses on the accurate production of speech sounds to improve speech clarity. Speech-Language Pathologists are highly trained professionals who work to assess and help with a wide variety of speech and language difficulties, including problems with articulation.

Following an individual assessment, the clinician creates an intervention plan. Over time, they will work with the client to establish the correct production of the problematic sound, ensuring the articulators (e.g., tongue, lips, and jaw) are in the correct position to make the target sound(s). After mastering the sound in isolation, they work on developing the sound through a hierarchy of consonant-vowel combinations proceeding to words, phrases, sentences and eventually conversational speech. The sound is usually first addressed in the initial position of words, such as /s/ in “seal” or “sock.” The next step is to target the sound in the final position as in “bus,” or “rice,” and finally in the medial position of the word, as in “baseball” or “dancer.” However, this is dependent on the client and his or her stimulability (ability to make the sound) which position is the focus.

With focused intervention and consistent home practice most clients are able to achieve significant improvement.

No matter what the communication challenge may be, S.L. Hunter & Associates has an entire team of highly skilled and innovative Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants who are prepared to help.

This therapy can potentially be used to treat the following:


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CAS is a motor speech disorder, probably of genetic origin, affecting the individual’s ability to voluntarily make the right movements during speech.

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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.

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Asperger Syndrome

One in 88 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Asperger syndrome is considered by many to be the mildest form of ASD.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.

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Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Some individuals with cerebral palsy struggle to control the muscles in their face, throat, neck, head and thorax.

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Down Syndrome

Children with Down Syndrome have structural and functional differences which often lead to speech issues.

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Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that occurs when one has weak or difficult to control muscles of the face, lips, tongue, throat or for breathing.

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As children are learning to talk, they may apply different patterns to simplify speech.

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Slurred Speech

This type of speech is when an individual uses unclear words which makes it difficult to understand them when they speak.

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Speech Clarity

Speech clarity (intelligibility) significantly impacts the ability of an individual to get their message across.

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