Helping your child be better understood
Articulation is a product of speech sounds created by movements of lips, tongue and jaw, as well as the vocal cords. An articulation disorder is mispronunciation of speech sounds, such as sound substitutions, omissions, distortions (ex. lisps), and additions. This can affect a child's overall speech clarity.
Oral-motor skills refer to our ability to control our lips, tongue and jaw muscles which we require to talk, eat, sipping from a straw, etc. Some oral-motor disorders have a neurological component. For example, a child diagnosed with "Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)" will have trouble moving and coordinating different parts of their mouths in order to form words.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Therapy for Children
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a speech challenge in which children have difficulty making accurate and consistent movements when trying to speak. Kids with CAS know what they want to say but the message to the speech muscles gets mixed up. SLPs will work with children with CAS to identify highly preferred and functional words and work them into daily life as quickly as possible. Speech practice is built on principles of motor learning and involves multiple correct repetitions of words and phrases within therapy sessions and at home.
Here to help
A child may present with unclear speech for a variety of reasons. By age 4 a child is expected to be intelligible 90% of the time to an unfamiliar listener. When a child has a speech difficulty, they are generally aware of it. Children who speak differently from other children know that they do, and this can significantly erode their confidence. We provide speech therapy to address a variety of speech related difficulties including articulation and phonological delays, motor speech disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as issues such as lisping and turning Rs into Ws.