Understanding Phonology Mistakes and Autism

Current research shows that at least a large minority of children with autism have both typical and atypical phonological problems. These range from a limited consonant inventory to delays in speech to global language impairment. For parents of autistic children, many terms get thrown around that they’re unfamiliar with. In other cases, speech pathologies are cited as evidence of autism or retardation when the child is still within the reasonable age range to be making these mistakes.

This is where the “Types of Phonological Processes” infographic by WPS Publish can help. It defines the most common types of phonological processes. It explains how these phonological processes take form. It states when that type of phonology problem goes away. If you’re concerned about your child’s speech patterns, it gives clear indicators when the issue implies a severe problem that should be assessed by a professional. You won’t make the mistake of waiting until they start school to learn that something is seriously wrong while missing critical time to address it. Conversely, there are parents who will read it and know that they don’t need to do anything unless the child hasn’t improved in the next year.


Types of Phonological Processes

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