Articulation-Phonologic Disorder

Articulation/Phonological Disorder

A difficulty in producing sounds that affects the child’s intelligibility. Children’s speech patterns typically go through developmental stages. Articulation errors can be in the form of sound omissions, distortions or substitutions.

Omissions
Child’s Word Real Word
at cat
bo boat
pot spot
bed bread
gun wagon
Distortions
Child’s Word Real Word
thun sun
caw car
take talk
Substitutions
Child’s Word Real Word
sign shine
cap tap
wed red
whip lip
tip chip

Again, most children develop speech through stages. These stages are present between the ages of 1-3 and should taper off by the time a child is 4. A child of 4 may have some errors, however it is a good idea to consult with a speech pathologist if you are concerned or your child’s speech is difficult to understand. Speech disorders can translate into later problems with reading readiness and phonics.

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