Do you use different treatment techniques for a traditional articulation disorder and phonological process disorder?

Yes. Articulation disorders without an oral motor component, such as errors in the production of “r” or “s” sounds respond well to traditional treatment techniques such as building auditory awareness and teaching appropriate placement of articulators for the target sound.

Phonological process disorders however impact a wide variety of sounds and therefore treating individual sounds in isolation would prove time consuming and inefficient. Phonological process disorders respond well to approaches such as “Cycles Approach” (Hodsen 1980). The cycles approach differs from traditional in that it targets groups of sounds rather than one speech sound at a time. In addition, instead of working on one sound till it is mastered, the target sounds change from week to week. Research shows that this approach reduces the overall treatment time while significantly increasing the child’s speech intelligibility.