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Elimination of Phonological Processes

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While a child’s speech and language is developing, he or she may demonstrate one or more phonological processes, which are patterns of sound errors that young children use to simplify adult speech as they are learning to talk. As children develop, they eventually stop using these processes and their speech begins to sound more and more like an adult, making them more understandable.

If children continue to use these processes beyond the age when most typically developing children have stopped using them, they may be exhibiting a phonological disorder, which may require speech therapy. Now, you may ask, “How do I know if what my child is saying is considered normal for his or her age?” Below is a chart containing the ages at which the most common phonological processes should be suppressed.

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If you would like to discuss your child’s specific speech sound patterns and receive recommendations, schedule a free phone consultation with a TherapyWorks speech therapist. 

Ready to begin the speech therapy proces? Click the button below to complete our innovative therapist match survey. Our team will match your child with a speech therapist that specializes in phonological delays. 

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!