McLean Speech & Language
6845 Elm Street, Suite 440
McLean, VA 22101
Office: 703-734-0211
Fax: 703-734-0501


Articulation is the ability to make speech sounds.  If an individual is having difficulty producing these sounds correctly, it can be difficult to understand them.  Common misarticulations include:

  • Substitutions: “t” for “k” (“tat” for “cat”), “d” for “g” (“doh” for “go”)
  • Omissions: leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana” or “ca” for “cake.”
  • Distortions: a modified production of the intended sound (like an “er” that doesn’t sound quite right)
  • Frontal/Lateral Lisps: “th” for “s” (frontal), air escaping from the sides of the mouth producing a “slushy” sound quality (lateral)