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The following information is courtesy Christina Nelson, the Speech-Language Pathologist from Stride. Nelson cites asha.org.
Parents of young children often have concerns about whether their children are developing at the same rate as other kids their age, and language and speech development is usually the first concern parents have.
The first thing to understand when looking at development is that speech and language are different.
1. Language is related to what we are communicating. What words mean, how to put words together, how to make new words. When children have difficulty understanding or using words to get what they want, that is a language delay.
Speech is how we produce words. How speech sounds are made (articulation), voice, and fluency (the rhythm of speech). When children are able to use words but are hard to understand, that is a speech disorder.
2. Language includes two main parts: receptive language (what we understand) and expressive language (what we say/communicate). Language typically follows a pattern of development
**If you feel as though your child may have a language delay, contact STRIDE learning center for a free screening/evaluation.
3. There are many ways that parents can help stimulate their children's language development.
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association: www.asha.org
STRIDE Learning Center: www.stridekids.com or (307) 632-2991