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Speech Sounds Disorders

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Errors in speech sounds due to various causes can happen in people of all ages, including distortions & substitution, slurred speech, non-native accent, and “lazy sounds”.

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 Introduction

A child may not learn how to produce sounds correctly on his or her own. Delayed phonological development leads to unclear speech in these children. Speech sounds errors in adults, which persist from childhood, are also considered as Speech Sounds Disorders.
 

Cause

Factors that may lead to Speech Sounds Disorders include:
  • Weak oro-motor ability/ other oro-motor deficit, e.g. Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Multi-lingual environment
  • Hearing Loss
  • Developmental disorders (e.g. Autism)
  • Genetic syndromes (e.g. Down Syndrome)
  • Neurological disorders (e.g. Cerebral palsy)

 Assessment

Our Speech Therapists will conduct an articulation assessment with the client using Hong Kong Cantonese Articulation Test (for Cantonese), The Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (for English) or other standardized or non-standardized assessment tools under playful or relaxed environment. Integrating findings from oro-motor examinations and consultation, our Speech Therapists will diagnose the severity and possible causes of the problem. Our Speech Therapists will provide recommendations and devise treatment goals specific to each client.
 

 Treatment

Training for pre-school children will be carried out under playful environment, in a stepwise-manner (progressing through articulation placements of speech sounds, words, sentences, to conversations). Our Speech Therapists will utilize different tools, exercises and cueing methods to facilitate the correct production of speech sounds. Parental training will also be given through observation and participation in the lesson so as to ensure the parents can acquire the parental skills to help training the child’s speech at home. Home practice will also be given.
 
Adult
Our Speech Therapists will provide personalized individual training to adult clients, in a stepwise-manner (progressing through articulation placements of speech sounds, words, sentences, to conversations). Our Speech Therapists will utilize different tools, exercises and cueing methods to facilitate the correct production of speech sounds. Personalized to our clients’ daily needs, our training program ensures success in daily communication.
 
MoreClient's Sharing
“ My speech therapist used cards and assistive tools, such as straws and tongue depressors, to help my child develop speech clarity.