Terminology can be confusing.  Here's a list of some common words you may be hearing in your child's therapy sessions or see on our page.  

Articulation- the totality motor movements involved in production of the actual sounds that     comprise speech

Articulation Disorder- atypical production of speech sounds characterized by substitutions,  ommissions, additions, or distortions that may interfere with intelligibility. Phonetic in nature

Communication disorder- impairment in the ability to recieve, send, process, and                      comprehend concepts including verbal, nonverbal, and graphic symbol systems

Intelligibility- individual's ability to be understood determined by a listener based on how         much an utterance can be recognized

Language Disorder- impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written, and/or other         symbol systems

Phoneme- smallest linguistic unit that is able, when combined with other such units, to establish word meaning between words

Phonetics- study of speech emphasizing the description and classification of speech sounds according to their production, transmission, and perceptual features

Phonological Disorder- impaired comprehension and/or use of the sound system of a language and the rules that govern the sound combinations

Pragmatics- study of language used to communicate in various social situational contexts, including, among other things, the reasons for talking, conversational skills, and the flexibility to modify speech for different listeners and social situations

Speech Disorder- oral, verbal communication that is so deviant form the norm that it is noticeable or interferes with communication 


Substitution- replacement of one sound/phoneme with another

Definitions courtesy of:

Baughman-Waengler, J. (2015). Articulation and Phonology in Speech Sound Disorders (5th ed.). Pearson College Div.

Additional Resources

Child language disorders, articulation, fluency, voice Judy Kuster

Printable worksheets Peachie Speechie

American Speech-Language Hearing Association ASHA

Printables, educational resources, coloring pages Activity Village

Lesson Plans Teachers Pay Teachers

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