Speech and language therapy – Delayed speech and language

Speech and language are two different things. Speech refers to the sounds a child can make and should be making at different stages of development. Language refers to the production of coherent words and sentences. A child having difficulty or delay in producing a sound needs professional help in doing so. A child may have delayed speech but not necessarily delayed language. Production of speech involves different body parts as teeth, tongue, jaws, lips, vocal chords and the lungs. A physical problem in any of the parts may delay the speech production. Early intervention helps to set this right.