Speech Therapy Services

Articulation Therapy / Speech Sound Disorders

A speech sound disorder is any difficulty in producing sounds that are developmentally appropriate for a child to be producing.

Normal Development of Sounds

There are many charts that show the order that we develop different speech sounds. See the form below to determine which sounds your child should be making at which ages.

Information taken from https://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/ASHA/Practice_Portal/Clinical_Topics/Late_Language_Emergence/Consonant-Acquisition-Chart.pdf

Why does my child have trouble saying certain sounds?

We are unsure why some kids have trouble learning certain sounds, but some difficulty can be related to developmental or genetic issues such as the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing loss or frequent ear infections
  • Brain damage

What does an evaluation look like?

Your child will be asked to name different things in pictures, and the therapist may have your child produce sentences with different sounds as well.

Our clinic utilizes the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation 3 to evaluate a child for speech sound errors.

Can therapy help?

Yes! Therapy is very successful in eliminating speech errors, but this is dependent on practicing outside of therapy. The therapist will often give homework for the child to practice until the next therapy appointment.

I can’t understand anything my child says! What does this mean?

Your child may have a pattern of errors that affect many different sounds. This is most commonly the reason a child’s speech is very difficult to understand. Children “learn” how to talk as they grow older, but some children do not “grow out” of baby talk. Therapy can address these speech sound errors and improve your child’s intelligibility.