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Articulation refers to the way we produce speech sounds. An articulation disorder refers to errors in our speech sounds by mispronouncing, substituting, omitting, or adding sounds. We use all of our articulators to produce speech sounds; lips, teeth, tongue, cheeks, vocal tract, jaw, soft palate, and uvula. It is in the way we utilize our articulators that affects our speech intelligibility.
Children who are unintelligible to others at age 3 or older, or are unable to correctly say sounds that the majority of their same-age peers have mastered, may have an articulation disorder. If they are unable to correctly say sounds that the majority of their same-age peers have mastered, then they may have an articulation disorder.