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Speech Sound Development

Children develop speech sounds at different rates, but most children will broadly follow a similar pattern. Some children’s speech sounds develop slowly or in an unexpected way. These children might need extra help to learn the correct way to say some sounds. A therapist will discuss with you activities to practise with your child.

These activities are an essential part of the speech sound development. Research shows that children make more progress when the activities are practised regularly. There are different stages to work through, which can include both listening to and producing speech sounds. It is important that your child is confident with one stage before moving on to the next.

Stage 1- Auditory discrimination

Stage 2- Practicing single sounds

Stage 3: Practising sounds with a vowel

Stage 4: Practising sounds in single words

Stage 5: Practising sounds in a sentence and generalising

Development Of Speech Sounds

Unclear Speech

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