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Speech and language

The difference between speech and language

Speech is a term used to describe sounds we make when formulating words. Some students have difficulty producing specific sounds (e.g., they may say "tat" instead of "cat"). Other students may have difficulty producing a sequence of sounds. For example, a student may only use the first sound when attempting to produce a word (e.g., "ma" for "mommy"). 

Language is a term used when we are working on vocabulary, grammar, and putting words together to make a phrase or sentence. There are two areas of language: receptive language (what we hear and understand from other's speech and gestures) and expressive language (words that we use to create messages others will understand).

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