Hello! I decided to go back to the basics this week and take a look at traditional articulation therapy. To begin, I have collected a speech sample from a 7 year old female with an articulation disorder. She misarticulates /r/ in all word positions and in blends. Have a look for yourself:
Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). I am going to focus on articulation for the current case study.
An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. The sounds can be substituted, left out, added or distorted. Grace distorts the /r/ sound. In the state of Missouri, guidelines state that /r/ should be developed by age 8. However, parents can request private speech therapy to address this issue sooner. After a sample is taken and deviant sounds are identified, the child should be tested for stimulability. Check back soon to see if Grace is stimulable for /r/.
Talk it up!
(Information was used from ASHA. Check out their website here.)