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Difference Between Speech, Language, And Communication

We talk, read, and/or write with our family, friends and other people we know every day. But do we know how important these forms are? The way we say or deliver the message we want to send and the words we use to say it are both important parts of being understood and communicating with others.

We know a lot about speech, language, and how to talk to each other. These three words all have something to do with each other. They may sound the same, but they all mean something different.

  • Speech is the actual sounds that are made, also known as pronunciation. It's not what someone says but HOW they say it that matters. This means that your tongue, lips, teeth, and palate (the roof of your mouth) move together to coordinate the physical motor movements of speech. Think about how you bring your lips together to make the "b" sound or how you round your lips to make the "oo" sound. Children who have trouble speaking may say "tat" instead of "cat." They might also get rid of some sounds, like "dog" for "do."

  • Language is the words that we use when we talk. Language is made up of words (vocabulary), putting words together (grammar), and using different ways to put together sentences (syntax). Language can be put into two main groups:

  1. Language comprehension (also called "receptive language"). This means that a child can follow and understand language, such as everyday instructions and ideas (e.g. concepts of size and time – big, small, now, next, tomorrow, etc).

  2. Language use (also called "expressive language"). Children who have trouble speaking may not be able to learn new words as quickly as other kids their age. They may also find it hard to put words together in sentences and learn grammar rules.

  • Communication is the most general of all the categories. Even though talking is part of what it means to "communicate," it's not all that communication is. Babies and infants learn to communicate long before they can talk. They do this by using body language. They do this by: Crying to show that they are hungry. Trying to get their message across that they want something. When someone points at you, it means they want to show you something. People look at you to show that they want to share something with you.

Is communication the same thing as speech language?

People often use the words speech, language, gestures and communication interchangeably, but when used in a scientific or clinical setting, these words have different meanings. Communication is a big idea, but speech and language have very clear meanings. This is important because speech and language can be affected by communication problems on their own. For example, a person with a speech problem might have trouble saying the right words even if they don't have any trouble with language. Also, a person with a language disorder might have trouble understanding what words mean, making grammatically correct sentences, taking turns talking in a conversation, etc., but not have any trouble with speech.

Why is it important to know how speech language is different from communication?

Speech, language, and communication—Speech and Language Therapists often hear these terms used interchangeably. "My child has a speech delay" or "(s)he has a speech impediment" are examples of how the word "speech" is used too much. From a clinical point of view, this means different things to us as SALT and to you as parents, caregivers, or school staff.

It's important for you to know the difference so that you can understand our professional jargon. It's also helpful for you to understand your child's communication skills and how to help them.

What are the needs for language, speech, and communication?

Speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) is a term for people who have trouble: making speech sounds correctly. stammering. Voice problems, like being hoarse or losing your voice.

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At Daffodil Health, we help kids by giving them speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior therapy, and special education. Through our Home therapy program, we also show parents how to help their child from the comfort of their own home.

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