Medical Service Name: Articulation Difficulties
Articulation Difficulties are speech-related or phonological disorders where a child has issues making certain types of speech sounds. Articulation refers to a person’s physical capability to move their teeth, lips, tongue, and jaws to utter words and sentences that make up a sequence of speech sounds. Articulation helps make oral communication and conversations possible. Unclear speech can become frustrating for a child or an adult, leading to behavioural issues.
Possible Causes of articulation difficulties
These are some of the cases where kids are at a higher risk of developing articulation difficulties.
The risk factors of articulation difficulties include ongoing hearing problems, a reactive temperament, socializing with others, low self-confidence, and more.
Signs & Symptoms of articulation difficulties
A speech and language therapist can diagnose the problem by listening to your child speak and observing them. He can also evaluate the child’s speech and language skills. It is important to know that the child does not just hear the words but also understands them correctly.
Below checkup can be done at our medical center.
Treatment Options at 7DMC
Our speech and healthcare specialists at the Department of Speech and Language Therapy put their best foot forward to help kids with articulation difficulties develop a personalized, optimized treatment plan. Our specialists ensure empathetic handling of the kid, giving them dedicated one-to-one patient care.
Kids having articulation difficulties face various problems like:
If the problem remains unresolved, it could lead to numerous long-term issues in the future. The child may be incapable of:
Our expert speech therapists curate personalized therapy plans for each child. They work very closely with kids to differentiate the sounds they pronounce wrong and fix the same. They help the child in learning the correct pronunciation of sounds and practice specific words and sounds.
The most common articulation problems in children are the “s,” “l,” and “r” sounds. Other sounds can be involved depending on the child’s understanding.
Individual therapy sessions with the expert and practice at home is required to correct this.
There are several factors involved in articulation problems. Most common are problems with teeth, cleft palate, hearing loss, and restricted mouth movement.
Many children can develop the ability to correctly pronounce words with time. If correct speech sounds don’t come, it is advisable to consult a medical professional to treat it.