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Speech sound disorders are classified as articulation disorders or phonological processes. At NPT, we utilize a variety of methods of speech sound therapy to best treat your child.

What is an articulation disorder?
An articulation disorder occurs when a child presents with difficulties and errors in sound production.

Some examples include:

  • Substitutions of sounds, occurring when a child produces a sound in place of the correct sound (i.e. “thun” for “sun”)
  • Omissions of sounds in words where they should be (i.e. “nana” instead of “banana”)
  • Additions of sounds in words where they should not occur

What is a phonological process?
Phonological processes are patterns of errors in sounds.

Some examples include:

  • Substituting all sounds made in the front of the mouth (t,d,) with sounds made in the back (k,g) (i.e. “gog” for “dog”)
  • Leaving sounds out of consonant clusters (i.e. “geen” for “green” and “dive” for “drive”)

When should I contact NPT for a free speech sound therapy consultation? 

While sound errors are common during initial development of language, it is important to recognize the difference between typical development and a speech sound disorder.

  • Between the ages of 24-36 months, your child is typically expected to produce clear speech about 70% of the time, and produce the sounds /m/, /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/, /h/, and /w/ accurately in words.
  • At 36-48 months, it is expected that you understand all words in phrases your child produces, that your child accurately produces the sounds /k/, /g/, /f/, “juh,” and /n/, and that listeners understand your child’s speech about 80% of the time.

If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your child’s language, we encourage you to contact us today!

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“Colleen is so friendly and upbeat, and our 10 yr old daughter really loved interacting with her. Our daughter’s clinical progress was immediately noticeable, and it rapidly improved with each session. I attribute much of this to Colleen’s therapy style and her ability to identify the best technique for the child.”
Rosalie S.
“Colleen also worked with us to guide us on how we could reinforce what he was learning with her. She is an exceptional speech therapist.”
Sarah D.
“She had such a warm, sincere and fun approach with my daughter and for the first time, my daughter was excited about speech therapy and talked about Colleen all the time – this never happened with her other therapists! Colleen made speech therapy so fun for my daughter and even integrated her older sister into our weekly visits.”
Therese G.
“In short, Colleen was a wonderful partner in helping our son speak well. When our time was finished we were sad to see her go, but are happy to recommend her to anyone else.”