400 - Minimum number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required of master's degree students
~2,000 - Number of children and adults served by clinical educators and students in 2015-16
~700 - Number of preschool children screened for communication disorders in 2015-16
$35,000 - Donation made by Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo to support the UCF Listening Center's mission
10 - Number of counties served by FAAST's Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida 3280 Progress Drive Suites 500, 300 Orlando, FL 32826-2215
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
What are articulation and phonological disorders?
Articulation and phonological disorders are difficulties
producing speech sounds or groups of speech sounds that persist
beyond the typical period of speech development and/or result in
difficulty understanding speech.
Articulation disorders usually include one or two speech sound
errors such as:
lisps and 's' and 'z' distortions
substitution for 'r' and 'er'
substitutions for 'th,' 'I,' 'sh,' 'ch'
Phonological disorders include multiple sound errors that
typically cause problems with the intelligibility of the child's
speech and can include the following:
deleting final consonants from a word
deleting consonants from a blend of two or three consonants
(blow for bow)
replacing "continuing" (f,s) with "stop" sounds (p,t)
replacing "back" (k,g) with "front" sounds (t,d)
How can UCF help?
The Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to
assist persons with articulation and phonological disorders. First,
the individual will need an evaluation of speech.
Tell me about the evaluation
Comprehensive evaluations will be conducted to determine what
aspects of communication have been affected. For details, see Initial
Tell me about treatment
Therapeutic programs are uniquely developed to help the child in
his/her speech intelligibility. Therapy includes evidence-based
approaches shown to change the speech sound production of preschool
and school-age children. Therapy for these disorders may
traditional speech sounds production training
auditory bombardment of target sounds in context
A more intensive intervention program is sometimes needed to
correct misarticulated sounds. The Communication Disorders Clinic
is designed to provide more intensive and individualized treatment
options. Frequency of therapeutic services range from once a week
to multiple sessions a week.