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

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

Children and adults who have speech difficulties may also be at-risk for social and literacy difficulties. Click here if you have any questions about you or your child’s speech skills.

External links: Speech

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