Articulation disorder, the most common speech communication problem, is identified in approximately 1 million preschool children each year. Research suggests that problems with articulation, if left unchecked, can lead to reading and spelling difficulties, social challenges, and self-esteem problems. The strongest resource a child with an articulation problem can have is a well-informed parent who knows which articulation behaviors are normal, which are not, and how best to guide his or her child through the process of speech therapy.
This book helps parents decide whether the sound errors their child is experiencing are developmental and within normal limits for their age. The book offers a range of strategies to employ when a child does need some extra help to work through a particular speech difficulty. The book also addresses the emotions parents deal with and devotes a chapter to signs and symptoms of other common communication problems that may co-exist.
Dorothy P. Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech and language pathologist who has worked with children and adults in school, clinical, and private settings. In 1990, she cofounded Atlantic Behavioral Care to provide consultation, psychological, and... Read more
Foreword writer Heather Whitestone McCallum, deaf since she was an infant, was selected as the first Miss America with a disability. An author and motivational speaker, she lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband John, and their two sons. You can... Read more