Speech Sound Development and Disorders

Children can have difficulty producing sounds and words, leading to unintelligible speech and a hard time being understood by others.  Children may misarticulate some sounds as they develop their speech skills.  Children are expected to develop and produce sounds individually, in words and in sentences, by a certain age.  Most have all the sounds developed by the time they are eight years old.  A child who has difficulty with producing certain sounds may have a speech sound disorder.  Some conditions that can affect speech and lead to speech sound disorders, include Autism Spectrum Disorder, 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, practicing 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.


“What a fantastic team at Q Enrichment Center. I 100% recommend them for any family. They conduct themselves in the most professional attitude all around, they are welcoming and my son enjoyed the service thoroughly. Thanks again.”
– Jean (Mother of child client)

“Q Enrichment Center has “A brilliant speech therapist she single handily helped me overcome the difficulties of dysphagia. Her work truly is a vocation, her desire for me to make a full recovery was just as strong if not stronger than my own. By far the best therapist I was fortunate enough to deal with.”
– Chris (Male adult client)

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