Speech Therapy

Research on Articulation Disorder

Articulation Disorder In a Brief:

Articulation Disorder involves difficulties in making sounds. Sounds may be replaced, added, changed or left off. As a result it gets difficult for people to understand the victims of Articulation Disorder.

Facts and Figures Showing prevalence of AD:

According to the National Institutes of Health,in the U.S.

  • 8-10% of people have a communication disorder
  • Voice disorders is common in about 7.5 million people
  • 1 in every 700 live births have a condition called Cleft palate
  • 5% of children suffer communication disorders which can be noticed
  • Stuttering affects more than 3 million (mostly in age of 2-6 years) children

Speech & language and hearing disorders account for 20.1% of all ‘Special Education’ students; according to the U.S. Department of Education.

How to Examine Articulation Disorder: All types of speaking defects can not be speech errors. They may have been related to any particular accent. For instance, the African American Vernacular English (AAVE) who speaks “dis” for “this” (using a “d” sound for a “th” sound).
Children at young age often make errors while speaking. For instance, in U.S., many sound “wabbit” for “rabbit” (i.e. a ‘w’ for ‘r’); or “yeth” instead of “yes”, “thing” instead of “sing” (i.e a ‘th’ instead of ‘s’). Sometimes they may leave sounds of words like saying “nana” for “banana” (i.e. leaving the’ba’ sound and speaking the rest). Articulation Disorder can be detected if these errors continue even after the expected age.
Most common forms of Articulation error are “fum” for “thumb” (‘f’ for ‘th’); “lelo” for ‘yellow” (‘l’ for ‘y’).

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