Articulation HELP

Seven year old, first grader, said to be bilingual, when words are spoken to him in Spanish he seems not to understand.

Diagnosis with articulation disorder, has been in treatment for a year. He can produce multi-syllabic 60%, single words 80% clarity, sentences 65%, he can repeat 7-8 word sentences with 80% clarity, without support clarity is decrease by 60-65%.

Slight weakness in tongue movement, does not appear to be a lack of coordination of his articulators.

Why is he able to produce with clarity at the sentences level when repeating with support, but when he is responding to a question on his own the clarity of the sentence is lost?

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Dec 19, 2013
Child with Speech Problems
by: Rosario

Does he speak fast when he talks spontaneously?

If he does, cue him to speak slower using a pacing board, and this may increase his speech intelligibility.

Also, is his speech slurred due to tongue weakness?

If it is teach him to overarticulate (talk slower while exaggerating pronunciation) and the above 2 strategies may improve his intelligibility.

If you are not a Speech Pathologist, have him re-evaluated by a second opinion (SLP) to see what seems to be the problem.

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