Alphabetic Guide to Child Care - Speech impediments

Speech Impediments

Among the more common speech defects are lisping (the substitution of th for s and z sounds); lallation (the inability to pronounce l or r correctly), and stuttering. Although many children do outgrow their speech disabilities, a considerable number do not.


Corrective therapy should be undertaken without too much delay. There have been many advances in the techniques used by speech pathologists, including the audiovisual devices and feed-back systems that promote self-correction. A list of certified speech pathologists can be obtained from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. See also STUTTERING .

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