Most people find it adorable with a young child makes phonological mistakes when speaking. Examples of this would include replacing all “k” sounds with “t” sounds; so the child would say “tat” instead of “cat”. Another example would be a child that deletes syllables from words, for example pronouncing, “broke” as “boke”. While, it can be very cute to hear a young child fumble their sounds, these issues can develop into phonological speech disorders that could follow the child into adulthood.
Phonological disorders occur when an individual develops incorrect sound patterns in his or her speech. This can mean forming sounds in the front of the mouth when you should be forming them in the back, or vice versa. It can also mean reversing two sounds, or omitting specific sounds from words. The development of any incorrect speech sound patterns can produce the need for phonological disorder treatment.
Speech pathologists can help with phonological disorders
If the negative speech patterns persist, and the child is not outgrowing the habits, phonological disorder therapy may be necessary. A speech pathologist can help the child, or adult, understand the rules of speech and learn how to correct their speech disorder. During phonological disorder therapy, patients learn how to correctly form specific problem sounds and use them repeatedly.
Many people who suffer from these phonological disorders have trouble noticing when they are making speech mistakes because the speech patterns feel natural. It is the job of the speech pathologist to help them identify correct and incorrect speech sounds and patterns. Once this distinction has been made, the therapy can focus on making the correct speech patterns feel more natural.
The purpose of the phonological disorder treatment, available in Sydney, is to help the individual learn the correct speech patterns. Once the correct speech patterns are realized, these new accurate behaviors can become the person’s new speech habits through practice and repetition.
If you have questions or concerns about children’s speech and language development contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.