Prelinguistic Vocalization Patterns Across Languages

1 hour

Course Type: PDF White Paper

An understanding of typical speech development is essential in order to identify the differences in early vocal development when a disorder is present. It is also needed in order to understand when developmental processes are influenced by a second language.

Thankfully, the development of the sound system leading up to the production of words has been well documented as well as the function of the speech mechanism when producing sounds. We just need to apply it to real-time therapy. We begin this course by following the emergence of the sounds of speech and reviewing exciting recent research that shows similar developmental patterns regardless of language. We then turn to theories on speech development and conclude with developmental milestones for vowels, consonants, and syllable structures.






Participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic acquisition of speech sounds at the pre-linguistic level
  • Discuss sound acquisition norms that are universal to all languages
  • List common consonant and vowel patterns that are produced during babbling
  • Show an understanding of suggested stages of sound acquisition
  • Describe the frequency of initial consonant use and consonant-vowel co-occurrence

FINANCIAL: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. NONFINANCIAL: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

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