Articulation refers to the way we pronounce speech sounds. As children develop spoken language, it is expected they will make speech errors, such as producing the letter /r/ as a /w/ as in saying “wed” for the color “red.” This is a typical part of the language acquisition process. However, these speech errors should resolve by certain points in development. When children continue to demonstrate these speech errors past the expected age, it may be beneficial to consult a speech-language pathologist to see whether speech therapy may be helpful.
Who May Benefit from Speech Therapy for Articulation:
Pediatric speech-language pathologists can offer a comprehensive evaluation to assess whether a child’s speech errors are age-appropriate or whether he or she may benefit from speech therapy to improve articulation.