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Speech Sound Disorders

Organizing institution
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Healthcare (HU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 905
Bachelor level

The theoretical and practical content of this course will offer students a strong foundation for the understanding and treatment of speech sound disorders. Disordered speech sound may have different origins, either articulatory (speech) or cognitive (phonological). This 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 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.

Tags: speech, phonology, disorders, diagnosis, intervention, health

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Mieke Beers, PhD


Mieke Beers, PhD
Anniek van Doornik, MSc


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.


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.


The course is held over two weeks (study load = 80 hours). Each morning a plenary session is given as well as a work group. The afternoons are mostly for self study assignments. During the course you will practice to transcribe, analyse, diagnose and plan intervention for a child with a severe speech production disorder.

To prepare for the course students are required to fulfill an assignment in the weeks before the start of the course (study load = 60 hours). The aim of the assignment is to raise students’ awareness of the speech properties of their own language.


• € 905 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 555 - Course + course materials

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


Mrs. Mieke Beers PhD
T: +31 6-38764001
E: mieke.beers@hu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 16 June 2017

Application closed