You can also look
here at options for providing speech therapy at home.
Keep in mind that articulation
differences are not the same as articulation disorders.
An articulation difference is when someone says a certain sound
differently than what is considered typical.
Only when the person says the sound with their tongue, teeth, and/or
lips in the wrong place, is this considered a disorder. People from
different states and countries have accents and use different dialects.
Accents are the way people pronounce words within a certain
group or region of people.
Dialects are specific types of words that are used within
a certain group or region of people.
Some examples of accents are...
In the Western U.S.
"I hiked up the moun-tain" might be
pronounced "I hiked up the mou-n."
In the Eastern U.S.
"I bought some coffee" might be
pronounced "I bought some quafee."
"I need to park my car" might be
pronounced "I need to pock my cah."
Someone who speaks with African
American Vernacular English (AAVE) might pronounce
"I'm going to take a bath" as
"I'm gonna take a baf."
Some examples of dialect differences
In the Western U.S. we
call carbonated drinks "pop".
In the Eastern U.S. they
call carbonated drinks "soda".
In the Southern U.S. people
"buggy" for "shopping cart"
"I'm fixin' to" for "I'm going to" or
"y'all" for "everyone" or "you guys"
People in England may
call the "bathroom" the "lieu" (loo)
someone who seems untrustworthy may be called "dodgy"
The bottom line is accents and
dialects ARE differences, NOT articulation disorders.
When children are younger they have a higher chance of being made
fun of by their peers. This can affect academic confidence and overall
Sadly, older children and even adults who pronounce sounds
incorrectly can be stereotyped as less intelligent or less capable than
In adulthood someone with articulation errors may be limited in
career choices or be turned down for jobs and/or promotions.
In general adult articulation disorders distract the listener
from the speakers message which can cause communication breakdown's.
This can sometimes cause
frustration between both people and compromise relationships.
What Does an SLP Do to Help?
Speech-Language Pathologists teach children with articulation disorders
how to produce sounds correctly in their mouths.
This can be difficult for children because they literally have to
change the way the speak in most cases.
SLPs do more than just teach sounds for articulation though. After a
child learns how to say a sound correctly, there is a hierarchy the
child must follow to make sure they don't forget or lose how to make
The hierarchy starts with the student learning to say the sound by
itself (isolation level) with 80% accuracy or 8 out of 10 times. Of
course SLPs have a child practice the sound more than 10 times.
From there, the SLP moves through the following levels:
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