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Tips & FAQs 

Useful Tips 

~ Pre-K students should correctly make the following sounds: /p, h, m, n, w, d, y, b, k, g, and f/. Other errors (such as /r, l, sh, th/) are typical for four and five year old children. 

~Provide frequent opportunities for your child to talk. 

~Allow your child to focus on your face, lips, and tongue when you are making a sound that the child has trouble with. 

~Be a good speech model. Speak slowly, correctly, and clearly. 

~Avoid using "baby talk".

~Pay attention to your child when he/she is talking to you.  

~Read to your child! Ask questions. Ask them to guess what will happen next, describe the feelings of the characters to you, and re-tell the story back to you.



Frequently Asked Questions

Do speech-language disorders affect learning?

Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning. Language is the basis of communication. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. Learning takes place through the process of communication. The ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is essential for a student to succeed in school.


How may a speech-language disorder affect school performance?

Children with communication disorders frequently do not perform at grade level. They may struggle with reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, misunderstand social cues, avoid attending school, show poor judgment, and have difficulty with tests. Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems may also have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.


How do I know which speech sounds are age appropriate?