Speech is all about sounds – the way we think about them and the way we make them with our mouth.

Speech skills develop in children from birth. They include being able to make more and more sounds with the mouth, babbling (which can sometimes sound like children are talking in their own language), and beginning to say the correct sounds in words (like saying ‘car’ instead of ‘tar’). They help to make children clear and easy to understand when they are talking to other people.

Children who have speech difficulties may also be at-risk for social and literacy difficulties. Click here if you have any questions about how your child might be developing their speech skills.

External links: Speech

Speech Sound Disorders and Literacy
The Conversation – Common myths about speech problems in children