Speech is the way we use sounds to talk. Language is how we understand and use words and sentences. Some children have difficulty with both speech and language. Speech-language pathologists, or SLPs can help.
Speech has three parts; articulation, fluency, and voice. Articulation is how speech sounds are made. Your tongue, lips, teeth, and oral muscles move together to make sounds. Fluency occurs when your child repeats parts of words multiple times, prolongs sounds over several seconds, or blocks on words. Voice problems happen when your child’s voice doesn’t sound right for his age, or gender. This is based on a medical diagnosis.
Language includes listening, talking, reading, and writing. Your child uses language to
Understand what is said, and follow directions
Use words in the correct order to say what he/she thinks, feels, wants, and needs.
Write down their thoughts and ideas
Understand what he/she reads
Show that he/she knows what words mean and how to use them.
Any questions? Contact Laurie Borick, 833-4100
The following websites may be useful information to help with your child’s speech and language:
https://leader.pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/leader.APP.21042016.np apps to teach social perspective
http://speechymusings.com/2016/11/30/wordless-picture-books/ wordless picture books to enhance articulation (correct when errors are heard), grammar and language expressive production
https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/stuttering-therapy-activity-ideas/ help for stuttering
https://academic.mu.edu/sppa/slong/Phonological%20processes%20in%20CP%20970.pdf identify phonological speech errors
https://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu/home correct production of English sounds
http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1500 to enhance vocabulary
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/ mad libs
https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/ Typical speech and language development