“The Building Blocks of Communication”


About Speech Disorders


What is a speech problem?

Speech is the sound that comes out of our mouths.  When it is not understood by others there is a problem.  Speech problems, such as stuttering and mispronunciation, and poor intelligibility can be very frustrating for the child and the parent.

Language has to do with meanings, rather than sounds.

Language delay is when a child’s language is developing in the right sequence, but at a slower rate. 

Speech and language disorder describes abnormal language development.  Delayed speech or language development is the most common developmental problem.  It affects five to ten percent of preschool children.

It is also common for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, cleft lip or cleft palate, seizures, and/or medical issues to have speech problems.