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Speech Sound Disorder: A Reversible Situation

Every child is different. Child A would certainly have different mannerism in talking and communicating from Child B. But, when your child’s manner of communication has become apparent and is slowly affecting his social life, then intervention is a must.

Your child might have speech sound disorder. The good news is that it can easily be reversed through articulation therapy, and SpeechTails agrees that this can be in the form of games and specialized programs. If you suspect your child to have speech sound disorder, this guide might help you.

What are speech sound disorders? 

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) explained speech sound disorder as mistakes that continue past a certain age. As a child enters a certain age, he is expected to be able to properly make certain kinds of sound. If he fails to do so, then he might be suffering from speech sound disorder. This includes a problem with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns).

How do you know if your child has speech sound disorder? 

It is normal for children to substitute certain letters with another one and omit particular sounds of a word. A two-year-old might be calling a “rabbit” a “wabbit” but if a six-year-old still speaks that way, then he might have articulation problems.

How can you deal with it?

If you think your child might have speech sound disorder, it's best to consult a speech-language pathologist and have your child assessed. Do not hesitate to seek medical help, as such cases are common and have a high chance of recovery with the help of specialized programs and therapy.

Speech sound disorder is something that your child does not need to live with forever. The right methods can give him a normal and happy life, just like any other kid.

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