What is a Child Speech Sound Disorder?

A child who has trouble saying sounds clearly and being understood by others may have a speech sound disorder. Most children can say all sounds in English by the time they are 8 years old or entering 2nd grade. Children who can’t say sounds by an expected age may need help. Our Speech-Language Pathologists specialize in helping kids correct speech sound errors and improve their communication skills to find success.

For more information on Speech Sound Disorders

Call our office at (208) 535-1286

Visit The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Orofacial-Myofunctional-Disorders

Signs
  • Trouble making sounds.
  • Substituting another sound.
  • Leaving sounds out.
  • Adding or changing sounds.
Treatment
  • Learning the correct way to make sounds.
  • Learning to tell when sounds are right or wrong.
  • Practicing sounds in different words.
  • Practicing sounds in longer sentences.
  • Increasing strength and coordination of muscles used for speech.
Causes
  • Developmental disorder, like autism.
  • Genetic syndrome, like Down syndrome.
  • Hearing loss, from ear infections or other causes.
  • Brain damage, like cerebral palsy or a head injury.