You might have heard the terms ‘speech’ and ‘language’ used a lot when talking about communication. But what actually is speech? What is language? Are they different?
When we talk about speech, we are talking about the actual sounds we make when we talk. We use our ‘articulators’ (mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, jaw etc) to make and shape the sounds necessary for speech. When someone has difficulties with their speech, they may sound unclear and be hard to understand. They might (for example):
When we talk about language, we are referring to the words and symbols we use and how we put these together to communicate. Language can be spoken, written, or expressed through signs, gestures or visuals.
Check out the following links for more information on what to expect in speech and language development at certain ages
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