What is Speech?

Speech refers to the production of sounds in spoken language. With a disorder or delay in speech, a child may have difficulty expressing a well-conceived thought (a phrase, sentence or conversation) because they do not hear or produce sounds correctly.

What is Language?

Language, on the other hand, is the sharing of communication using conventionally understood words, signs and symbols used by a group or community. In other words, the ability to use words and put them together orderly, grammatically and with appropriate meaning as to fully express one’s thoughts. A child with a language delay or disorder is struggling with formulating a thought and putting it into words and word combinations.

It is possible to be delayed in one or both of these areas of communication.