Speech and Language

Preschool Speech and Language

The first years of life are very important for learning speech and language. From the time they are born, children start communicating. Very early in their lives, they learn to understand what you are saying and to make sounds of their own. They are beginning to develop speech and language skills. Communication skills are critical to your child's future success.

What is a speech disorder?

A child with a speech disorder has trouble producing sounds.

What is a language disorder?

A child with a language disorder has difficulty understanding or putting words together to express ideas.

What causes speech and language disorders?

There are many kinds of speech and language disorders and there are many reasons why they happen.

If you think that your child is having problems developing language, it's important to get help right away. Early therapy can:

- improve your child's readiness for school
- improve your child's self-esteem and confidence
- prevent problems from getting worse
- help your child get along with others
- decrease frustration
- reduce behaviour problems

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