Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation 2 (GFTA-2): Assessing Your Child’s Speech

What is the Goldman Fristoe Articulation Test? The Goldman Fristoe Articulation Test is widely used by speech pathologists throughout the United States as a tool to assess children’s speech development.  Developed by Dr. Ronald Goldman and Dr. Macalyne Fristoe, this test can assess and yield information about a child’s progress, ability, and other measures of speech production.  It can be …

Four Common Misconceptions About Sensory Processing Disorder

Teaching a child with a sensory processing disorder to communicate effectively can be extremely difficult. That difficulty is compounded by the vast amount of misinformation which exists surrounding the subject of speech development. The following are a number of popular falsehoods about sensory processing disorder. It is important to know fact from fiction in order to address your child’s speech …

Available Speech Therapy Treatments for Stuttering in Children

What is stuttering? Stuttering, also termed ‘stammering’ in the UK, is a disorder characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, such as prolonged or repeated syllables, or ‘blocks’ in speech during which the individual is unable to produce a sound for a few seconds. It often begins in childhood and can leave lasting effects on a child’s confidence …

How can feeding therapy benefit my child?

Feeding therapy is the needed treatment for infants and young children who are experiencing feeding difficulties. Because feeding difficulties can lead to more serious problems for health and development, it is important to address these problems quickly.  If your child experiences feeding problems, it is imperative that you seek out a professional, such as a speech-language pathologist, who can help …

When Should the Goldman Fristoe Articulation Test be Used?

What is the Goldman Fristoe Test? The Goldman Fristoe test of articulation is a tool which can help examine a child’s ability to pronounce different speech sounds in order to diagnose different disorders which can inhibit a child’s articulation. It is the most popular articulation test and provides a systematic measure of consonant sound articulation. When your child takes this …

What Does Having A Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder Mean for My Child

Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder is characterized by a child’s inability to express himself or herself using spoken language and by exhibiting problems understanding what people say. This disorder is diagnosed in approximately 5% of preschool children and 3% of school-aged children. The Implications of Mixed Receptive-Expressive Disorder A child with mixed receptive-expressive language disorder will have difficulty communicating thoughts, needs, …

Pediatric Speech Therapy Treatment for Stuttering

What is Stuttering? Stuttering, or the repetition or prolonging of sounds and syllables during speech, is a communication disorder that can affect a child’s quality of life. The negative effects of stuttering can include loss of confidence, embarrassment, low performance in academic matters, and being made fun of by peers. Because of these social and educational side effects, parents are …

How Does the Lidcombe Program Improve Stuttering in Children?

What is the Lidcombe Program? The Lidcombe Program is a form of therapy for stuttering that is specifically designed to treat children under the age of 6, though it has also been used successfully with school-aged children as well. The most important thing to know about the Lidcombe Program is that, unlike many traditional speech therapies, this program contains increased …

How Do I know If My Child has an Articulation Disorder?

Articulation refers to the way humans produce sounds which includes the adjustments and movements of speech organs, such as the tongue or the lips. Sometimes, children will mispronounce a speech sound resulting in speech that is difficult to understand. When they make these same speech errors on a consistent basis, it can be a sign that the child has developed …