Syracuse University Studying Speech Sound Disorders


The month of May is a time when the Syracuse University Speech Lab aims to heighten awareness of speech, language and hearing disorders. They have received a grant to study two different speech issues in children and find efficient treatments.

The SU Speech Lab is seeking children ages 9 to 17 who have difficulty pronouncing the “R” sound and for children who have apraxia. Apraxia is a speech motor disorder. It can sometimes sound like a child is speaking robotically or a child may transpose the order of a word or can’t execute the movements in the right order to produce a word correctly.

The use of ultrasound technology helps kids to understand how speech is formed and then they are encouraged to practice recreating the correct shape of the tongue over and over again to treat their speech disorders.

The studies are free to participants who qualify. For more information visit

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