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.