Articulation and Phonology
Speech sounds disorders can affect a child’s ability to communicate, decrease their self-confidence, and are correlated with later language and reading disabilities. Research shows that most sounds should be correctly produced by age 5. We have specialized training in treatment approaches such as cycles, articulation therapy, and Easy Does it for preschool stuttering.
We expect a child to be understood by:
18 months: 25% intelligible
24 months: 50-75% intelligible
36 months: 75% intelligible
By age 4, children should be 100% intelligible
A speech delay simply means that there is a slower rate of development than expected. Here are some characteristics of children that present with a speech delay:
- They have difficulty acquiring a variety of consonant sounds as quickly as expected
- They don’t sounds like children their age
- They struggle to be understood
Articulation refers the way the muscles of the mouth accurately produce sounds. Some articulation errors are age appropriate. For examples, a child isn’t expected to correctly produce the “th” sound until seven, but some are no longer expected for your child’s age and can take away from their message
d to them feeling frustrated.
Most little ones use typical speech patterns such as leaving final sounds off. The key is there are norms around when we longer expect to see specific patterns. For example, while it’s typical to relace the “k” sound with a “t” sound, we no longer expect that pattern to persist past 3 years old.
During your child’s in-depth speech sound evaluation, your therapist will determine which sounds are expected and which would benefit from speech therapy, and consider impact on overall speech clarity, evidence-based treatment techniques, and what’s motivating and important to our clients
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Brooke's heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does
Brooke has been working with my son Colton for about a year now. She is an amazing speech path and has created a great relationship with him during that time. He is always super excited to see her, and sees the time he spends with her as play time. Yet he’s always learning. Colton has an obsession with trains, and so generally wants to show her how his trains are set up every week. Brooke manages to incorporate whatever skill they are working on into this play. Whether it was putting more than one word together, or focusing on certain sounds, or not dropping the endings of words. She also leaves us with suggestions on what to do with him over the next week to help with the goal that we are currently working on.
Brooke’s heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does. If you choose to work with her, you will be happy with the results you see. Colton had had an explosion of vocabulary this year, and I know she contributed greatly to that.
Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed
My son Finnian was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and was non verbal. I remember being so scared and stressed about Finn’s future until I met his team of teachers and therapists. Miss Brooke was my son Finn’s speech therapist in his EC Pre-K classroom. She was amazing with Finn and supportive to me. Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed to feel safe and grow. One of my favorite qualities of Miss Brooke is her genuine enthusiasm when working with my son. I will always be grateful for her twinkling eyes and contagious smile when discussing my son’s progress and growth. Thank you Miss Brooke!
A shy child speaks up loud and clear
At the age of 2, my son’s preschool teacher noticed he was a little behind in his speech, he was muttering in a low tone. It was hard for anyone to understand what he was trying to tell us. When I was told he needed therapy, I was a bit nervous because my son is very shy around people he is not familiar with. I was afraid the speech therapist would get nowhere with him, but boy was I wrong. By the end of his first session with Ms. Brooke my son was comfortable with her; he did not want the session to end. Ms. Brooke took the time to research new ideas and activities that would accommodate my son’s needs to help him open his mouth when speaking. She focused the entire session on making sure he practiced the ability to speak up loud and clear while still having fun and kept him engaged. He only had therapy for 5 short months; Ms. Brooke gave him the confidence he needed to speak up. He continues to ask to see Ms. Brooke, he misses her so much. She left him with such great moments and experiences that I do not think he will ever forget her.