What are Articulation Delays?

Articulation (Pronunciation) Delays occur when speech sound errors continue past a certain age. Different sounds develop within different age ranges. Concerns arise when sounds are not achieved within a certain age range. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns).

When children are not easily understood by others because of their difficulty producing speech sounds, they may have an articulation delay or disorder. Children may have issues with one sound or a range of sounds. Common mispronunciations include: “tat” for “cat” and “tar” for “star”. Articulation delays can impact language learning, literacy skills, intelligibility (ability to be understood) and social relationships.

Our services cater to the needs of the child and their family. As a result, sessions range in length, frequency, and duration. Sessions are tailored to your child’s age and interests. They also include a strong parental training component. We pride ourselves on providing fun, engaging sessions.

Children’s Oral Motor Disorder Therapy

Oral motor disorders or apraxia of speech is defined as a “breakdown” in the message from the brain to the mechanisms of speech (e.g., lips, tongue, vocal cords, jaw) when making specific sounds. This “breakdown” results in sounds being inconsistent or imprecise which may lead to speech that is difficult to understand. This can be frustrating for individuals with this difficulty; they know exactly what they want to say, but their motor systems cannot produce sounds accurately.

A number of specialized therapy techniques including PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol are used in treatment. Treatment can take place in-office or via Telepractice/Video Conferencing.

The Anderson Therapy Services Team works with leading healthcare providers to ensure children and adults reach their full potential. Our team develops customized treatment plans and provides high quality, empathetic, and creative therapy.

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The clinicians at Anderson Therapy Services will try their best to work with your schedule and offer you therapy services at your convenience. To learn more about our services, contact us at (289) 238-8598 or at info@andersontherapy.ca

We provide therapy services at our Dundas and Burlington locations to children, adults and seniors across the Greater Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, and communities in Northern Ontario and Quebec.

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