Pert's Optimal Minimal Pairs: s-cluster production for /s/ + plosive di-clusters and /s/ + plosive + /ɹ/ try-clusters. A resources for the assessment and therapy for children with Speech Sound Disorder (SSD)

Sean Pert, Reyyan Hammad (Illustrator)

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Abstract

Clinical relevance

If a child has s-cluster reduction observed in their speech, the phonological process (or simplification pattern) most frequently results in the realisation of s-clusters with the voiceless alveolar fricative [s] omitted. This may be a typical developmental error in younger children’s speech, or a clinical concern if the simplification pattern persists when most other children have acquired s-clusters in their phonological system.

s-cluster reduction results in a word starting with a voiced plosive. If the clinician is expecting to hear a voiceless plosive, then the clinician may incorrectly attribute the realisation to the phonological process of Context Sensitive Voicing, in addition to cluster reduction.

For example, a child may realise ‘spider’ as / baɪdə /. This is cluster reduction only, since the accurate phonemic transcription of the target word is / ˈsbaɪ.də /, NOT */ ˈspaɪ.də /.

Examples of Context Sensitive Voicing should be elicited in singleton contexts, rather than from clusters to establish if this phonological process is present in the child’s speech, or not.

s-cluster reduction therapy should involve minimal pairs which have voiced plosive minimal pair sets for more natural realisations, such as ‘stamp’ versus ‘damp’, / sdæmp / versus / dæmp /.

This therapy package provides a complete therapy pack, including a detailed manual, therapy instructions, recording forms and high quality illustrations alongside IPA transcriptions.
Original languageEnglish
TypeA therapy package for Speech and Language Therapists
Media of outputDownloadable therapy resource pack
PublisherCourse Beetle
Number of pages53
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Phonology
  • Articulation
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • s-cluster reduction
  • di-clusters
  • tri-cluster
  • Speech Sound Disorder (SSD)|
  • Therapy package

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