Articulation is the movement of the tongue, lips, jaw, and other speech organs in order to make speech sounds. Speech sounds are made by simply expelling air from the lungs. However, in order to produce sounds that form speech two speech organs need to make contact with each other, which will create an obstruction to shape the air into a particular sound. For example, when making the “P” sound the lips come together tightly compressing the air in your mouth and then released suddenly releasing the air and creating a burst of sound.
Speech sound problems occur when the speech organs cannot move in the manner required to create specific sounds. This can be caused by having difficulty learning to physically move the tongue, lips, jaw and other speech organs in a manner to make the specific sounds. Most children make common errors when learning new words, this is a normal part of development. An Articulation problem, or Speech Sound Disorder can occur when the mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a certain age at which a child should be able to create a specific sound or sound pattern.
If your child has trouble producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can’t understand what’s being said then one of our Registered Speech Language Pathologists can perform a Speech Assessment on your child to determine the problem and the best course of action. Once a course of action has been established a member of our team can work with your child to teach them the correct movements to produce the speech sounds they are having difficulty with.
Call us at one of our two locations or using the below form to schedule a free consultation and let our specialized team determine whether a speech assessment is warranted. Let us get you on track with a plan outlining the best course of treatment for you and your child. We will fit you in as soon as possible as there is no need for referral and no waiting lists.
Speech Assessments and Therapy are often covered by extended benefits, please feel free to ask us for more information or contact your benefit provider.
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