Frequently Asked Questions
Speech and language disorders affect the way people talk, understand and communicate with the world. These disorders may range from simple sound substitutions to speech and language delays, or the inability to speak at all. Speech acquisition takes place on a conventional timeline of development, with predictable developmental features present at certain ages. Articulation skills involve the production of sounds. Common articulation errors include sound substitutions, sound omissions, and sound distortions. Children who demonstrate feeding difficulties may suffer from oral motor weakness, which can also lead to articulation errors. A general weakness of the lips, tongue, jaw, or cheeks may cause difficulty with eating, drinking, speech, and/or facial expression. Speech and language delays and/or deficits are common among pre-school and school age children.