• Welcome To Speech Services
     Dr. Flavia R. Griffin  CCC
    Phone: 336-712-4444
    Parents :
    For your child to be successful in the individualized  correction of articulation errors in spontaneous conversation, parents, student and therapist must form an alliance and agree to work to support this process.
    Student Expectation:  To speak clearly in every conversation and reading experience that is presented at school , home and with friends.

    Parent Expectation: To assist my child with consistent modeling ,practice and production of  correct sounds in every conversation and reading experience that is presented at home.  
    Therapist Expectation: To provide the student with the  instruction for the correct placement  and voicing for their individual needs and to ensure that production is correct and consistent in the therapy setting. Practice words /sheets will be provided as needed throughout the school year and you may use your child's spelling words, grade level word list or academic reading assignment as a base for articulation or phonological practice.
    If you have questions please email me and I will be glad to answer your concerns. Thank you for your help in this new process.  

     FAQ's Articulation Development
    1. What is articulation?
    Articulation is the process by which sounds, syllables and words are formed when your tongue, lips, jaw, teeth and  palate alter the air stream coming from the vocal folds (cords).

    2. What is an articulation problem?

    A person who produces sounds, symbols, or words incorrectly so that the listener does not understand what is being said.

    3. Is an articulation problem the same as "baby talk".

    An articulation problem may sound like "baby talk" because young children do mispronounce sounds, syllables and words. The words that sound "cute" when mispronounced by young children interfere with the communication, reading and writing of children as they progress academically .

    4. What are the types of sound errors?

    Most errors fall into one of three categories, omissions, distortions or substitutions. Examples to follow.

    distortion is when the sound is produced incorrectly

    substitution is the use of "w" for "r' in rabbit

    omission is "at" for "hat"

    5. Can hearing problems in  infancy have an effect on the development of sounds?

    The learning of speech sounds begins very early and childern learn by listening . If they experience frequent ear infections during this period, they may fail to develop sounds in a correct manner.

    6. Will a child outgrow a functional articulation problem?

    A child's overall speech pattern will usually become intelligible as he/she matures, but some children may need direct training to eliminate all articulation errors.  

    7. Do all children learn all sounds at once?

    Sounds are learned in an orderly sequence. Sounds like /p/, /m/ , /b/ , are learned as early as three years of age, while /s/, /r/ may not be mastered until early school years. Usually children will produce the sounds of English by the age of 8 years. Each child is an individual and should be viewd as such.

    8. How can I help my child pronounce words correctly?

    Set a good example for use and production of vocabulary, do not tease or interrupt your child when they are speaking. Use the misarticulated word correctly as a response .

    9.Who can help?

    Contact a certified speech language pathologist , who is trained at the master's or doctoral level to evaluate and assist your child with the specfic need.

    10. Is it important to correct an articulation problem?

    Speech is the base for emerging communication and  sound development which leads to reading, writing, and spelling . The quality of our life can be affected by our communication.
    Practice sound Pages : www.mommyspeechpages.com

    Information obtained from Kidssource

Last Modified on June 5, 2015