Speech Sound Development & Disorder

Children can have difficulty producing words and sounds leading to unintelligible speech and a hard time being understood by others.

  • Children may say some sounds the wrong way when they learn to talk. Different sounds are expected to be learned by a certain age. Most children will be able to say all sounds by 8 years old. A child who does not say sounds by the expected age may have a speech sound disorder.
  • Some causes of difficulty with developing speech appropriately include Autism, hearing loss, Down Syndrome or other genetic syndromes, brain damage and Cerebral Palsy.
  • Substitute, leave, add or change the sounds
  • Sounds are produced with inappropriate and excessive nasal resonance
  • Lisps
  • Be difficult to understand
  • A Speech, Language and Swallowing Pathologist can help the child say sounds correctly. Treatment would include learning the correct way to produce difficult sounds, learning to tell when sounds are right / wrong, practising sounds in words, phrases and in sentences.
  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Speech, Language and Swallowing Pathologist will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity, as well as the diagnosis related to the speech difficulties. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.