Speech Sound Disorder: Evaluating articulation skills allow the therapist to identify if a child has a speech sound disorder. Articulation difficulties can be from either organic (known physical cause) or functional (no known physical cause). Organic causes can include: hearing loss, cleft lip or palate, cerebral palsy, ankyglossisia (tongue-tied), apraxia, and dysarthria. Many children can have a speech sound disorder of no known cause, which is considered functional. In this case the therapist will evaluate the child’s speech skills and perform a comprehensive oral-motor facial examination.

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