Tag: speech sounds

Teaching the alphabet to your child? Here’s what you need to know

1. Letter names are not the same as speech sounds  In English: writing takes the form of a sound-based, alphabetic code. The letters we use are to a large extent determined by how words sound; letters of the alphabet have names...

/ 19 February 2017

Beyond flashcards and gluesticks: what to do if you or your 9-25 year old still has speech sound issues

When most of us think about speech sound disorders, we think of little kids: 3-6 year olds.* But what about older kids and young adults? What we know Research is sketchy, but our best evidence is that: 1 to 2%...

/ 23 November 2015

FAQ: 10 common speech error patterns seen in children of 3-5 years of age – and when you should be concerned

Speech is a wonderfully complex skill, and children need lots of practice to learn how to do it.  As with any motor skill, children make plenty of mistakes as they learn to speak clearly. In English, we hear several common...

/ 22 July 2015

How to identify and treat young children with both speech and language disorders

As speech pathologists helping children with communication problems, it can be tempting to speak of our “speech therapy kids” and “language therapy kids” as if they were mutually exclusive categories of children.  They’re not: Around 15% of 3 year olds...

/ 30 March 2015

How to treat speech sound problems 1: the Cycles Approach

So we’ve written more than a few articles about speech sound disorders, including common and less common phonological problems.  So how do you treat them? One of the most common methods for treating pre-schoolers and school-age kids with severe phonological...

/ 30 October 2014

Do you recognise any of these 12 speech-related warning signs that your child might have a hearing problem?

Undiagnosed hearing problems can contribute to speech sound disorders, although there is some debate about how and to what extent – especially for conductive hearing loss caused by middle ear infections, also known as otitis media (see, e.g., Campbell et...

/ 29 August 2014

FAQ: Lisps

1. A minor problem? Many people think lisps are minor “first world problems”, like getting the wrong coffee at Starbucks or your iPhone earplugs getting tangled in your pocket.  That attitude really gets me riled up. Compared to disorders like...

/ 4 March 2014

Do we spend too much time on rhyming books? What else should we do to prepare pre-schoolers to read?

Duck in the Truck The Cat in the Hat Madeline, with her vines and twelve little girls in two straight lines All great, fun books to read aloud – my sons love them; and so do I. But do we...

/ 18 February 2014