When I was in graduate school there was a lot of information about the difference between an “articulation disorder” and a “phonological disorder.” Then I started my internship and found that in order for an insurance company to pay for speech & langauge treatment the child needs a medical diagnosis and that these are found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which only has 1 diagnosis for a “speech sound disorder,” which is Phonological Disorder. This is why I lump the two together and write about articulation/phonology together (especially since so many of the treatment techniques are equally as effective for both).
When I start working on articulation & phonology skills (regardless of whether I’m looking at an articulation disorder or a phonological disorder) I start with minimal pair or empty set cards, including the ones I print from the Sound Contrasts in Phonology (SCIP) app. Once these are mastered I move to play-based activities to increase generalization and progress in functional activities, including those below…
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