Phonological disorder

by Alex

Is substituting 'f' for 'th' considered a phonological disorder or simply a residual error that has occured during childhood and could be easily fixed by speech therapy?

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Feb 28, 2013
Not Phonological
by: Anonymous

A phonological process disorder involves patterns of sound errors. One sound does not constitute a pattern.

Phonological disorders are typically seen in younger children.

As children age, they produce more sounds correctly, and may be left with 1 or 2 troublesome ones by late elementary age. R and S can especially be problematic.

At that point, it is considered an articulation issue (not a phonological disorder).

As for being easily fixed in speech therapy, the factors which influence that, are so incredibly many and varied, it would be impossible to accurately say, based on the limited information provided.

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