Broca's Speech Pronunciation

This is the ability to learn how to pronounce syllables and then to learn how to integrate the syllables into the stabilized and consistent pronunciation of a word. A weakness in this capacity leads to the following difficulties.

The person feels uncertain as to how a word is pronounced. The pronunciation of words does not achieve stability or consistency hence the person thinks of several ways to say the same word not being certain which is correct. The person mispronounces words or may avoid using words he knows and understands because of this uncertainty about pronunciation. This may restrict the spoken vocabulary to simpler words.

It is difficult to learn and enlist phonics skills in the reading process. The person's silent reading vocabulary is often several grades higher than his oral vocabulary because he recognizes the meanings of words that he can't pronounce.

The speech process requires more concentration than normal so the person has trouble thinking and talking at the same time. The person must concentrate on pronouncing the words and as a result can lose his train of thought. This results in shyness (quietness) in new situations involving talking with people, and a tendency to get drowned out by people who find it easier to speak.
There is great difficulty in public speaking unless working from prepared text.

The speech tends to be flat and monotonous with a lack of rhythm and musical intonation. There is a tendency to mumble.
This impairment also interferes with the ability to learn the spoken aspect of a foreign language.

Arrowsmith has changed the way I learn to a whole different level. It has taught me to be patient, and it has allowed me to mature in different ways. I am glad that I was placed in this program because if I had not participated, I would probably be stressing out in high school with my learning difficulties instead of feeling like a regular student.

- Faye, Student

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