Final Consonant Deletion Speech Therapy is a clinical speech and language service provided by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). The goal of the therapy is to improve a child’s speech sounds in order to increase intelligibility, which means that the child is better understood by others.
Children may have problems pronouncing final consonant sounds for many reasons. It could be that a child does not have enough breath support to say the word, or it could be that he or she has difficulty controlling the muscles in his or her mouth when trying to form the sound.
Final consonant deletion is a common speech error among young children. It typically occurs during the preschool and early elementary years, but can also be seen in older children with speech disorders. Final consonant deletion involves omitting the final sound of a word (e.g., pig = /pɪ/ instead of /pɪg/).
The cause of final consonant deletion varies from child to child. In some cases, it occurs because the child has not yet developed the skills necessary to produce the final sound in a word. In other situations, it may be the result of an oral-motor difficulty, where the muscles of the mouth and lips needed for producing certain sounds are weak or have not developed appropriately. Other times, it may occur as a result of hearing impairment or as a result of apraxia of speech (a motor planning disorder).
Final consonant deletion is a speech pattern that occurs in children and adults when a word ends in a consonant sound. For example, the word “dog” would sound like “do” if the final consonant were deleted.
Children with this speech error may be able to produce the correct sound at the beginning or middle of a word, but will omit it at the end of a word. This speech error is common in children up to age four who have not yet developed all of their speech sounds. It is also common in children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
It is not uncommon to have a child omitting the final consonant in words, especially when speaking in phrases or sentences. Final consonant deletion is common in children who are learning to talk and typically occurs between ages of 2 to 4 years old. The child often replaces the final sound with a vowel sound. As the child is learning to put words together they are concentrating on the first sounds of each word and don’t realize that they are missing the last sound.
When you have a child who is omitting final consonants, it is important to help them make that last sound by using speech therapy techniques at home. If a child continues to omit the final consonant beyond age 4, then you may want to seek professional speech therapy services for your child. It is important for your child’s language development that they learn how to use all the sounds in words properly so others can understand them.
Final consonant deletion is a common speech error in childhood. It occurs when children leave the final sound off of a word, especially when the word is of one or two syllables. For example, a child might say “ca” for cat or “appe” for apple. The error typically resolves itself by age seven or eight, but can be helped along with some simple techniques.