Sherrie Mitchell

What are speech sound disorders?

Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns).

When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder. Difficulties pronouncing sounds, or articulation disorders, and stuttering are examples of speech disorders.



Speech Sound Development Chart



What is a language disorder?

When a person has trouble understanding others, or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely, then he or she has a language disorder. A language disorder may be spoken and/or written (reading and writing). It may also be receptive (understanding) and/or expressive (talking, reading, writing, or signing).
Both children and adults can have speech and language disorders. They can occur as a result of a medical problem or have no known cause.


Language Milestones Chart

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