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Articulation disorder

Articulation disorder is a disorder of speech which affects an individual's ability to produce particular sounds or use them together to form words and sentences. An articulation disorder can vary from mild to severe and may be apparent at different developmental stages during childhood. An articulation disorder may persist into adulthood depending upon severity.

What is an articulation disorder?

An articulation disorder is a disorder of speech which affects an individual's ability to produce particular sounds. In children, they may have other associated disorders which cause articulation disorders; however they may also develop an articulation disorder during the typical development of speech and can be helped with speech and language therapy input. Children, who are developing their speech, often use simplification processes such as substitution. For example; using a /w/ instead of a /r/. This is common and will only become a problem if the process persists past school age.

What different types of articulation disorder are there?

There are many different types of articulation disorder and some are more common than others and can range from mild to severe. The following is a list of some of the most common articulation disorder:

  • Simplification processes such as stopping and fronting sounds.
  • Substitution.
  • Distortion.
  • Additions- adding an extra letter where there should not be one.

What causes articulation disorder?

There are many different causes of articulation disorder and causes will result in differing levels of severity of the articulation disorder. A child may suffer from an articulation disorder as a result of an associated condition, learning difficulty or through delayed speech development.

Speech and language therapy and articulation disorder

Speech and language therapy for articulation disorder can be extremely beneficial for someone with an articulation disorder. The speech and language therapist will do a full assessment to establish the best form of therapy for the individual. Speech and language therapy will be client centred and at Manchester SLT the client is involved with the decision making process throughout their treatment. Treatment could include 1:1 therapy sessions, homework and group sessions which are all recommended depending upon each individuals need. Speech and language therapy can take place in the home, clinic or school environment. At Manchester SLT we offer appointments which best suit you and this will be discussed on your initial assessment date.

Benefits of speech and language therapy for articulation disorder

There are many benefits to having speech and language therapy and can be tailored to the individual depending on the type of articulation disorder the individual has. Below is a list of just some of the benefits patients feel when they are receiving speech and language therapy and after they finish their course of treatment:

  • Increased level of confidence.
  • Increased intelligibility.
  • Increased independence.
  • Motivation to practice speech sounds.
  • Less challenging behaviour associated with articulation disorder.

If you feel you or a relative would benefit from an assessment for speech and language therapy for an articulation disorder, do not hesitate to contact us. One of our dedicated speech and language therapists will get back to you.

How do I arrange an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

To arrange an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists at Manchester SLT, or if you would like more information about articulation disorders, please contact us by emailing: info@manchesterslt.co.uk.

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