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Stages of Speech Development for Children With Hearing Implants
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Stages of Speech Development for Children With Hearing Implants

When speech language pathologists or rehabilitation specialists talk about “speech skills” or “articulation,” they are referring to the ability to produce speech sounds correctly and clearly as an adult would. A common speech error is when young children say “wabbit” for “rabbit.” As they have not yet developed the ability to say the “r” sound correctly, they substitute “w” for it instead. Speech development does not refer to the ability to follow directions, use sentences, or answer questions, but purely how a child can say the sounds of speech.