Speech Articulation and Intelligibility

Our goal for children is to help them become happier when they express themselves. We want them to feel more successful and interactive at home, at school and with friends.

What is addressed with speech sound errors?

Individualized treatments are developed to help with:

  • Persistent speech errors (e.g., lisp, /r/ /s/ /l/ errors)
  • Phonological disorders (sound simplification patterns)
  • Apraxia/Dyspraxia
  • Oral motor skills
  • Dysarthria
  • Tongue thrust

How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help with Speech Articulation?


A skilled therapist will listen to your child’s speech sounds in words and in conversation. A formal articulation test will be used to record speech sound errors, as well as gather a speech sample to provide further clinical analysis.

An oral mechanism examination is also administered to determine whether the structure and function of the mouth are adequate for speaking. This involves looking in your child’s mouth and observing the accuracy and coordination of the movements of the articulators (jaw, lips, and tongue).


Parent involvement is key for any child’s program to be successful. Consistent practice is vital to generalize newly acquired skills. 

Our clinicians communicate regularly with parents to ensure that their child is generalizing new speech skills efficiently and meaningfully.

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How To Get Started


If you have questions about speech-language symptoms, please contact us today to speak directly with a speech-language pathologist for guidance.

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Newborns with congenital problems may have communication-related needs from birth, and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of a neonatal multidisciplinary team. We often work with infants and toddlers at an early age (12-24 months) in areas such as swallowing and feeding, hearing and listening, oral-motor and speech, and attention and socialization.

You don’t necessarily know for sure. A speech-language pathologist can help you answer this question. Some indicators that might lead you to seek a consultation or screening are:
  • The child’s skills are immature compared to others in his playgroup or preschool.
  • Family members or friends alert you to differences that they observe.
  • The child’s developmental pattern is unusual compared to others his age.
  • There is a family history of speech, language, or learning problems.
  • There have been health issues, such as ear infections, which can impact communication.
A fully qualified speech-language pathologist must have a master’s degree from an accredited program, maintain a California speech pathology license, and hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many of our staff also have experience and advanced training in specialty areas.

Peninsula Associates has several talented clinicians with different specializations. Our director of operations will identify which speech-language pathologist is available and appropriate for a new client. Most clients are seen 2-4 weeks after the paperwork has been completed. There is sometimes a waiting period if a new children’s group is being formed, but we may see the new child individually in the interim.

PASTS, Inc. offers both private-pay and fee-for-service practice and we are an in-network provider for a growing number of insurance carriers. We also have close relationships with Sutter Health, Lucille Packard, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatricians, specialists, and clinicians. We can often obtain single-case agreements with other Insurance to access speech therapy benefits for your particular health insurance plan. Please contact our office to see how we can help you access your insurance benefits.