Tuesday Therapy Tip: A phonological process is a pattern of errors that children use to make speech easier. If your child is using any of the phonological processes after the age they should not be, it may be beneficial to see a Speech Therapist.
Common Phonological Processes:
1. Final Consonant Deletion- deletion of the final consonant in words. Children should not be deleting final consonants in words after 3 years old.
2. Cluster Reduction- deletion of one of more consonants from a two or three consonant word cluster. Children should not be deleting consonant clusters in words after 5 years old.
3. Syllable Reduction- deletion of a syllable from a word that has two or more syllables. Children should not be deleting syllables in words after 4 years old.
4. Gliding- when /r/ is substituted for /w/ or /l/ is substituted for /w/ or /j/. Children should not be substituting these sounds in words after 6 years old.
5. Fronting- substitution of sounds in the front of the mouth for velar or palatal sounds such as /k/ for /t/ and /g/ for /d/. Children should not be substituting these sounds in words after 3 1/2 years old.
6. Stopping- substitution of stop consonants for fricatives or affricates such as /s/ for /t/ and /f/ for /p/. Children should not be substituting these sounds in words after 4 1/2 years old.
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