Language vs Speech

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), there is an important difference between speech and language.

Language is made up of socially shared rules that include:

What words mean and how the same word can have different meanings

How to make new words by adding endings and,

How to put words together and use them to communicate an idea

Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of:

Articulation (How speech sounds are made)

Voice (Using our vocal cords and breathing to produce sound)

Fluency (the rhythm of speech)

Acquiring language supports healthy cognitive development. Your early intervention provider can share the milestones for language development and how this development can be supported for children who are Deaf.

Language and Communication with DHH children.pdf
Facts about Developing Communication.pdf

Language Plan

California Early Start Language Planning Guide for Children Who Are Deaf.docx
Language Planning Example.pdf