Articulation as stated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, (ASHA), “is the process by which sounds, syllables, and words are formed when your tongue, jaw, teeth, lips and palate alter the air stream coming from the vocal folds”.
The ability of a young child to develop and produce clear, precise speech by progressing from individual sounds to combining these sounds into meaningful words and ideas, is truly amazing. Often children will produce sound errors as they are learning to speak, but typically these errors disappear over time and appropriate speech develops. Some children continue with error patterns and will sound different from their same age peers, or may be somewhat unintelligible. Speech production errors, such as “I wuv my new wabbit” may sound cute in a young child’s speech, but it can become a source of embarrassment and frustration if the errors remain as a child matures. For additional information about articulation disorders and phonological processes, check out articulation and phonology.
Sometimes a school district will assess and provide treatment for articulation disorders. Unfortunately, due to large caseloads, public schools are not required to provide treatment unless a student is one and one-half to two standard deviations from the mean. One standard deviation below the mean is typically considered disordered with standardized assessments. Frequently, children who score between one standard deviation and two miss out on treatment through the school district. If you suspect your child has an articulation disorder, it is important to seek the help they need.
Speech and Occupational Therapy of North Texas has several Speech-Language Pathologists who are very experienced with treating articulation disorders in Murphy, Texas. We can evaluate your child to determine if he or she has an articulation disorder. If you would like to talk with a professional to help determine whether your child may need to be evaluated, please call our office at 972-424-0148 and we will be happy to have a professional return your call.