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By Ken Bleile, PhD
May 14, 2021
As speech-language pathologists, we know [s] is an alveolar consonant produced with the folds of the larynx apart, the air flowing over the tongue, and the tongue tip either raised or lowered behind the front teeth. Our challenge is, how do we convey that…
By Ken Bleile, PhD
April 16, 2021
Adult speech has the power to transform the noise in a child’s world into a ladder for learning. Speech that facilitates learning holds a child’s interest, changes in response to a child’s shifts in attention, and adjusts to accommodate a child’s…
By Ken Bleile, PhD
March 12, 2021
Speech knowledge refers to how similar a treatment sound is compared to other sounds a child makes. If you select a treatment sound only slightly different from other sounds the child already produces, you are following a most knowledge method. If you…
By Ken Bleile, PhD
February 12, 2021
Treatment sounds are the speech elements (vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, syllables, prosody, etc.) through which a clinician facilitates speech change. Another (more widely used) word for treatment sound is treatment target. I prefer treatment…
By Ken Bleile, PhD
January 15, 2021
Knowledge of speech development is a foundation of speech treatment. To illustrate this relationship, suppose you determine that a child of 3 years has a speech sound disorder. Next, you might ask what I believe is the best question in our profession,…