Speech, language and communication
Communication and language skills are vital for your child’s development. These skills will affect their future life chances and relationships. It can also impact your child’s ability to learn, make friends and develop ideas and opinions.
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The differences between speech, language and communication
Speech, language and communication can be easily confused. Here are the differences between them:
Speech is how you say it. It is how clearly you speak, using the right sounds and putting them in the right order so that others can understand you clearly.
Language is what you say. It is how we use words and sentences to understand and express
Communication is the message you are trying to get across. You can communicate without words by using gestures, expressions and moving your body.
Learning to communicate
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