What is an Articulation Disorder?

An articulation disorder is considered a motor speech disorder. He or she has difficulty saying particular consonants and/or vowels sounds. For example, saying “wabbit” instead of “rabbit”. 

How do I know if my child has a phonological disorder?

  1. Speech sound errors present in patterns, which are called phonological processes.
  2. The speech patterns persist beyond what is developmentally appropriate.
  3. Usually a child is HIGHLY unintelligible due to the patterns that are simplifying adult speech.

Therapy may target the phonological processes, as opposed to targeting each error sound by sound as you would in a traditional articulation approach. This treatment approach improves speech intelligibility at a faster rate.

What is a Phonological Disorder?

A phonological disorder is characterized by atypical speech patterns that are present in a child’s conversational speech that persist beyond the typical age development. Errors occur at the linguistic, or phonemic, level.

How do I know if my child has an articulation disorder?

  1. Speech sound errors persist beyond what is developmentally appropriate.
  2. A child is mild to moderately unintelligible.

Children with an articulation disorder typically respond well to a traditional articulation therapy approach where one sound is targeted at a time.  


Why is it important to treat my child’s articulation or phonological disorder?

It is important to address your child’s speech errors in order to prevent him or her from being frustrated. To enable your child to have the ability to communicate with a variety of partners in a social manner, complete school work, as well as be confident with his or her expressive output. Each child is an individual and it is necessary to keep normative data in mind.