An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand you.
Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a “w” sound for an “r” sound (e.g., “wabbit” for “rabbit”) or may leave sounds out of words, such as “nana” for “banana.” The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
Many children present with similar articulation difficulties and can benefit from targeting these in group therapy. Prior to starting a group, the Speech and Language Therapist will assess the child to determine whether individual therapy or joining a peer group would be the most beneficial. In each group every child has individualised goals that are targeted.