Articulation and Phonology (Pronunciation)

Articulation and phonology refer to the ways in which speech sounds are produced and organized. At Chicago Speech Therapy, we understand that clear pronunciation is essential for effective communication. Our specialized speech therapy services are designed to help children develop accurate speech sound production and improve their overall intelligibility.

Understanding Articulation and Phonology

  • Articulation refers to the physical production of speech sounds. This includes the movement of the tongue, lips, and other articulators to create sounds.
  • Phonology involves the patterns and rules of sound use in a language. It includes how sounds are organized and used to convey meaning.
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Common Articulation and Phonology Challenges

Children may experience various challenges related to articulation and phonology, such as:

  • Substituting one sound for another (e.g., saying "wed" for "red").
  • Omitting sounds in words (e.g., saying "nana" for "banana").
  • Distorting sounds (e.g., lisping when producing the /s/ sound).
  • Difficulty producing specific sounds that are typically acquired by certain ages (e.g., /p/ or /b/ sounds by age 3).
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Who May Benefit from Speech Therapy for Articulation and Phonology?

  • Children who have difficulty producing speech sounds that should be acquired at an early age.
  • Children who continue to produce speech errors past the expected age.
  • Children who have difficulty being understood by family, friends, or teachers.
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How Speech Therapy Can Help

Our pediatric speech-language pathologists provide comprehensive evaluations to assess whether a child’s speech errors are age-appropriate or if they may benefit from therapy. Based on the evaluation, we create an individualized treatment plan that focuses on:

  • Improving speech sound production.
  • Enhancing phonological awareness and skills.
  • Developing clear and intelligible speech.
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What to Expect from Our Therapy Sessions

  • Assessment: We begin with a detailed assessment to understand your child’s specific articulation and phonology needs.
  • Personalized Plan: A customized therapy plan is developed to address your child’s unique goals.
  • Interactive Activities: Our therapy sessions include engaging activities and exercises to make learning enjoyable and effective.
  • Progress Monitoring: We continuously monitor your child’s progress and adjust the therapy plan as needed to ensure meaningful improvements.
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Our Approach to Articulation and Phonology Therapy

  • Evidence-Based Practices: Our therapists use proven techniques and methodologies to help children achieve clear and accurate speech.
  • Family Involvement: We involve parents and caregivers in the therapy process to provide support and reinforcement at home.
  • Positive and Encouraging Environment: We create a supportive atmosphere where children feel confident and motivated to practice their speech skills
If you have concerns about your child’s articulation and phonology, contact Chicago Speech Therapy to schedule an evaluation. Our specialized services can help your child develop clear and confident speech, improving their ability to communicate effectively.
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