Treatment of Articulatory Disorders
This chapter concerns itself with the treatment of the articulatory defects, which is outlined in some detail. Many speech correctionists ignore the fact that more than 70 percent of all the speech defects are articulatory, and, if they treat them at all, they do so superficially and haphazardly. It should again be emphasized that children do not outgrow speech defects. Some of them overcome their difficulties through blundering methods of self-help, but too many others do not. They require treatment which is carefully planned and carried out. Since most of the texts in speech correction give a host of drill material for the various speech sounds, this text will ignore such drill and will concentrate upon techniques and policies.
General principles of treatment. With the exception of neurotic lisping and neurotic baby talk, the treatment for all of the articulatory disorders follows the same general plan. Many variations must be made for the individual problems which arise, but these will be provided for within our discussion. Lalling, lisping, baby talk, oral inaccuracy, foreign speech, sound substitutions, omissions, and distortions of all kinds may be eradicated in much the same way. The neurotic disorders seldom respond to such treatment and require emotional retraining and adjustment prior to actual speech correction.
The course of treatment for the majority of articulation