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Phonological Process: Final Consonant Deletion

Phonological Process: Final Consonant DeletionPhonological Process: Final Consonant Deletion

 

Phonological processes are patterns of speech errors.  These processes are used by children when attempting to produce adult-like speech.  These errors affect entire groups or classes of sounds. Most children demonstrate some of these processes when acquiring language.  While these error patterns are common and at times typical, if they persist past a certain age they become atypical.  Final consonant deletion is a common phonological process.

What is final consonant deletion: 

Final consonant deletion (FCD) is a syllable structure process. It occurs when children leave off the final consonant in a word sound (consonant) in a word. A child might say “co” instead of “coat” or “bea” instead of “beat”.  While final consonant deletion is a common speech error, its effects can reduce a child’s speech intelligibility or how well we understand them.

Should I be concerned if my child is using the process of final consonant deletion?

As with many phonological processes, final consonant deletion is common and is present in many young children’s speech.  Usually this process corrects itself as the child’s speech and language skills become more mature.  In typical development, final consonant deletion is typically eliminated by 3 years of age. After 3 years, your child might leave off the final consonant in a word occasionally, although most of their word endings should sound like the adult version.

If your child continues to demonstrate the phonological process of final consonant deletion beyond 3 years, it is highly recommended that you contact a speech-language pathologist.

If you have concerns with your child’s speech and language skills please contact Samantha at Chicago Speech and More by calling (847) 774-0582 or using the contact us form on the website.

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