Netherlands, Utrecht

Speech Sound Disorders

when 2 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 905

The theoretical and practical content of this course will offer students a strong foundation for the understanding and treatment of speech sound disorders. This course focuses on speech sound disorders rather than on language disorders. The course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the different origins of speech sound disorders and how to differentiate between speech and phonological disorders. You will be introduced to the latest findings on speech and phonological disorders. Hands-on practice of speech transcription skills, analyzing disordered speech and developing intervention plans forms a major part of the course.
Speech Sound Disorders logo Speech therapists provide intervention for children with speech and language disorders. This course focuses on children with speech sound disorders. These children form a large part of a speech therapist’s case load. Speech sound disorders occur in a great variety of ways, from mild to persistent or resulting from different etiologies. Before intervention starts a detailed assessment of the type of speech sound disorder is vital to the delivery of effective therapy. Intervention of speech motor problems will require a lot of articulatory training, whereas phonological intervention focuses more on cognitively training the awareness of the differences between speech sounds. It is essential that speech therapists are able to distinguish between different types of speech sound disorders and are aware of the distinction between speech and phonological problems when selecting treatment goals and planning intervention. This course also offers insight into the theories of normal and disordered development from an articulatory and phonological perspective. The multi-linguistic background of the students provides a unique opportunity to learn about the universal and language-specific characteristics of speech sound disorders. Students learn about speech sound disorders and practice with different types of intervention in their own language.

Course leader

Mieke Beers, PhD

Target group

Students in their second, third or fourth year of speech therapy education, or a similar education such as (neuro)linguistics, speech & language pathology, psychology or pedagogy.
Basic knowledge of speech characteristics and speech development is required.

Course aim

The student is able to:
- Describe models of speech sound disorders of typology, levels and characteristics of speech sound disorders.
- Describe the universal and language-specific phonological characteristics of their own language.
- Describe the normal and deviant phonological developmental patterns in their own language.
- Compare the normal and deviant phonological developmental patterns across the languages in the group.
- Transcribe phonetically the speech of a child with speech sound disorders.
- Perform a phonological analysis of a child’s spontaneous speech sample.
- Differentiate between types of speech sound disorders, such as articulatory, speech motor, planning and phonological disorders.
- Formulate treatment goals for different types of speech sounds disorders.
- Describe treatment plans for different types of speech sound disorders in own language.
- Support the choices for intervention in an evidence-based way, using relevant literature, speech sound and language data and relevant background information.
- Compare treatment options for his/her own language with other languages in the group.

Credits info

5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 905: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 555: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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