Articulation
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Articulation is the process by which words and sounds are formed when the lips, tongue, jaw, teeth, and palate adjust the air coming through the vocal folds.

Articulation disorders occur when individuals have difficulty producing sounds or words correctly. If an individual presents with multiple articulation errors, listeners may have difficulty understanding what is being said, causing the speaker's message to not be communicated clearly. 

 

How can a Speech-Language Pathologist help?

Speech -Language Pathologists can help in the following ways:

  • assess speech and determine the specific error sounds as well as whether any errors could be attributed to a specific phonological process (a pattern of speech sound error)
  • assess if there are any structural or functional issues in producing these sounds
  • conclude whether the sound errors are age-appropriate (if the individual is a child)
  • recommend a therapy plan to treat the articulation difficulties

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