Speech and Language

Speech refers to the production of clear and accurate speech sounds.
Young children may pronounce “cow” as “tow” or “dog” as “gog”, or “red” for “wed”.

 

It is essential to correct these sound errors at an early age. This helps to build a firm foundation for reading and spelling skills in the later years.

 

Click below for a chart showing when children acquire their speech sounds:

 

 

Language is the understanding and use of written, spoken, or other symbol systems. This is usually divided into two areas:

 

1. Expressive Language – The ability to request, comment, communicate one’s needs and wants using speech, gestures, writing, or alternative methods

 

2. The understanding of messages by others through speech, writing, or gestures.