When a child has difficulty saying certain speech sounds or says words incorrectly it is called an articulation disorder.
- Uses incorrect speech sounds
- Leaves sounds out of words
- Speech is hard to understand
A rehab evaluation may include:
Prior to an evaluation your child should have a hearing test to make sure his/her hearing is normal. At the speech evaluation a speech-language pathologist will test your child’s ability to say speech sounds in words and sentences. An examination of the lips, tongue, and palate will be completed to make sure your child is able to produce speech sounds.
Results of testing will be discussed with you at the conclusion of the evaluation. After the speech evaluation you may receive recommendations to treat your child.
Common rehab treatment interventions:
The therapist will discuss you and your child’s goals to determine methods and sounds to work on. In therapy your child will learn how to make the correct sound. Parent/s will be included in therapy and will be taught how to work with their child at home. You can work on the exercises with your child during daily activities. Your work outside of the therapy session will determine how well and how quickly your child progresses.