Positive Practice: Articulation Disorders
With a little bit of practice each day, results can come your way!
Many children struggle with Articulation Disorders. Articulation Disorders cause sounds to be produced incorrectly, making it difficult to understand your child. In order to help your child improve these sounds, Speech Pathologists must re-teach those muscles and articulators the correct way.
Even though your child may come to therapy once or twice week, it may not be enough. Here are a few helpful tips that will help your child be successful:
- Ask your therapist for homework. More practice, more progress! Make sure the homework is something your child is able to produce correctly and independently. As therapists, we do not want your child to be practicing incorrectly.
- Always model correct articulation at home. Make sure to give lots of praise when you hear the sound produced correctly. Not only does it build confidence, but also allows the child to recognize when they said it correctly.
- If your child is working on multiple sounds, pick one, and do that for the week. Try not to stress too many sounds at one time. We want your child to stay positive while practicing at home, not become discouraged.
- If your therapist provides a worksheet, have your child practice it once a day.
As therapists, we want every child to be successful. I hope these tips will be helpful to you and your child.
***Please note that the above tips are to promote positive and helpful tips for practicing articulation. If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your therapist or physician.