Is an Articulation Problem the Same as "Baby Talk?"

An  articulation problem sometimes sounds like baby talk because many young  children mispronounce or omit sounds or syllables. Words that sound cute when  mispronounced by young children may later interfere with their ability to  communicate. Some sound substitutions such as /wuv/ for /love/ and /wabbit/ for  /rabbit/ are developmentally appropriate for preschoolers and Kindergartners.

As  a child gets older he or she will generally develop correct pronunciation on  his or her own. If a child does not perfect those sounds on his/her own, the  child may begin to experience communication difficulties. Some children have so  many severe errors that their articulation problems are very different from  "baby talk," and even adults who are familiar with them have  difficulty understanding what they are saying.

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