From the moment children are born, they vocalize. Refinement of this vocalization into intelligible speech takes many years while children's body structures develop and their perception and production systems become more sophisticated and attuned to their ambient (native) language. This chapter explores typical or normal speech sound acquisition. At the beginning of the chapter, we consider the reasons it is important for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to understand typical speech sound acquisition, models of speech sound acquisition, and the research methods that have been employed to understand how children learn to produce speech sounds. The remainder of the chapter examines children's speech sound acquisition of English from infancy to the school years.
|Title of host publication||Articulation and phonological disorders|
|Subtitle of host publication||Speech sound disorders in children|
|Editors||John E. Bernthal, Nicholas W. Bankson, Peter Flipsen JR.|
|Place of Publication||Boston, Mass.|
|Number of pages||44|
|Publication status||Published - 25 May 2016|