Have you ever heard a child say “tea” instead of “key” or “bow” instead of “boat”?These patterns of speech are called phonological processes. Phonological processes are patterns of sound errors that children use to simplify speech as they are learning to talk. All children use these processes while their speech and language are developing. However, most children will grow out of it as their speech matures. When children continue to use these processes beyond an appropriate age, and their speech may become increasingly hard to understand as their vocabulary increases. To determine if your child has age appropriate speech sound development, you can contact a speech pathologist for an assessment.
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