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Stimulability Test

Stimulability test

A Stimulability Test is a straightforward way to determine if someone may have an articulation disorder. It is a simple repetition task. The tester merely says each speech sound and asks the person being tested to repeat the sound. An inability to repeat the sound accurately may indicate a phonetic difficulty.

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Speech Perception

Perception of speech

In order to process spoken language, the brain must first capture the speech signal and then analyze it. Speech is perceived and processed by the auditory system of the brain. This article describes the functioning of the human ear and then highlights the distinctive way in which a part of the brain’s temporal lobe responds to speech.

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Speech Disorder

Speech disorder

A speech disorder (speech difficulty) may be due to an inability to articulate particular speech sounds. This is a phonetic disorder. There may also be difficulties in understanding and applying the rules which govern how particular speech sounds can be used in particular words. This is a phonological difficulty. A Stimulability Test can be conducted to rule out any phonetic difficulties.

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Speech Sound Development Chart

Speech sound development chart (banner)

A speech sound development chart shows normative data that identifies which particular speech sounds are used, on average, at what particular age.

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Speech Development

Speech development

The development of speech sounds, leading to the production of words, follows a predictable pattern. In the first year, children typically pass through four speech development stages: vegetative sounds, cooing and laughter, vocal play, and babbling. Babbling marks the transition into linguistic development, as the child passes through the One Word Stage and on to full mastery of speech sounds by about six years of age. English consonants are acquired in a front-to-back manner, with plosives being used before fricatives.

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