Speech relates to several aspects of oral communication.  It is one of the ways to express language. Speech involves  the articulation of words, fluency, and voice. Whether or not one is able to understand what a child is saying depends, in part, on how well that child is able to articulate words in sequence.  It also relates to the fluency with which the words are spoken. For example, one may notice that the child’s fluency of speech is off as he/she “stumbles” on words when trying to tell a story or carry on a conversation.

Speech also involves the aspects of voice. For instance, one may realize that a child speaks with a hoarse voice for a long time, or shows a tendency to speak at significantly low volume.

These and other speech idiosyncrasies may be typical of a particular level of development or temporary condition.  If you have any questions or concerns in the area of Speech, please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

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